Puppy Mill Awareness Day is designed to raise awareness of puppy farms. People need to understand the terrible conditions in which dogs are kept in these places. Celebrated every third Saturday in September, in 2022 it falls on September 17th.
Not many dog lovers are aware of what happens on puppy farms. These places are created exclusively to breed new puppies. Dogs are not played with or walked. Often, they live in small cages that are stacked on top of each other or kept in a small pen.
The popularity of puppy farms came in the post-war period. Some people then hurriedly left their homes in search of a better life, while others lived with their families in a big house with a yard and a dog. The possession of a purebred breed at that time was a symbol of wealth, showing the status of the owner. This a ‘product’ was in demand among people with homes. Puppy farms appeared, where puppies were bred and then quickly sold. Even the USDA actively promoted this business. Many farmers, faced with lean years, gave up and opened puppy farms. In the mid-1960s, stereotypes already existed that there should be a dog in every home.
To date, more than 10,000 such enterprises have been registered in the United States. They contain about 170 thousand dogs, performing only one role – to give birth to new puppies, which then go on sale. Up to 2 million puppies are sold annually.
How to take part
The main goal of Puppy Mill Awareness Day is to tell people what terrible conditions these dogs live in. You cannot buy puppies from such farms and thereby support this kind of business.
- Don’t give your puppies to these organizations. Sell them yourself. Create an ad on the Internet, attract more people to this issue. Show by your own example it is impossible to use the services of puppy farms – this a business must be eradicated.
- Buy puppies from trusted sources. Be careful with online purchases. Most of the puppy farms sell their ‘live goods’ through the internet.
- Organize fundraising events to support dogs that are left without an owner.
When is Puppy Mill Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
Puppy Mill Awareness Day is observed on the third Saturday of September each year.