Kelly Biley

Professor Ramos

English 102

June 17,2018

Puppy Mill Repo

Imagine waking up every morning in a foot by foot, cold, metal wired cage. Imagine only being fed maybe twice a week and never having any compassionate contact with anyone or anything. Luckily, this is not the case for us humans because we have a voice and laws to protect us. However, for innocent puppies all over the world this is their cruel reality. Therefore, it is up to us, the ones who do have a voice to stand up for these loving animals and put a stop to these puppy mills. We can address the problem of puppy mills by always adopting from animal shelters, raising awareness for the cause, and by starting a puppy mill repo organization.

The ASPCA organizations states, “Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where profit is placed above the well-being of animals. Bred without consideration of genetic quality, this produces generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects.” Puppy mills are often overcrowded and extremely unsanitary causing these animals to acquire various health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, eye problems, respiratory disorders, parvovirus, kennel cough pneumonia, etc. The only law passed to aid puppies who have to go through this treacherous treatment is called the Federal Animal Welfare Act passed in 1966 that requires breeders who have more than three breeding female dogs and sell puppies to pet stores or puppy brokers to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ASPCA states, “In most cases, the standards that breeders are required to meet by law are extremely minimal. Under the AWA, it is legal to keep a dog in a cage only six inches longer than the dog in each direction, with a wire floor, stacked on top of another cage, for the dog’s entire life. Conditions that most people would consider inhumane, or even cruel, are often legal.”

The first solution to this problem is to simply support your local animal shelters and Humane Societies by adopting your animals from their locations. By adopting from a shelter you can rest at ease knowing you did not contribute to, or benefit the market of puppy mills. If a purebred is what you are looking for, it is most likely waiting to be adopted at your local animal shelter. If the dog you wish to find is not at your local shelter try to find a breed rescue group before searching for a breeder. Another option given by the Best Friends Organization is to “look on the http://www.petfinder.com to find a particular breed”.

Furthermore, another approach to the rapidly growing puppy mill industry is to raise awareness and in other words, be an advocate. According to humane society.org, “You may order an extensive kit that includes the guide as well as everything you’ll need to start spreading the word about puppy mills in your community, including printed materials, letter templates, tips for developing legislation and activity ideas. The kit is designed to help you discuss the puppy mill issue accurately and intelligently, whether speaking to friends and family or to the local media.” The Humane Society is one of the strongest advocates against puppy mills and by standing with them against this problem we have the power to inform millions of people not only in the United States, but in other countries as well. In addition, The HSUS Puppy Mill Task Force tip line is available to anyone with information on a possible crime involving puppy mills.If you witnessed deplorable conditions in person and wish to file a complaint with The HSUS, please call 1-877-MILL-TIP.

Lastly, my final solution to the crisis was sparked by something I read on the Best Friends organization website that read, “Donate to Best Friends’ puppy mill initiatives. Your donation will be used to fight puppy mills and to give former puppy mill dogs a chance to have what all dogs deserve: safety, good care, happiness and love from a family of their own.” My idea is to form a Puppy Repo organization, yes repo. Similarly to taking cars from people whom do not deserve them or take care of their responsibilities , I would like to start an organization that takes the animals away from puppy mill owners who treat their animals with the same disrespect. The organization would safely remove the animals and relocate them to veterinary ranches, place them into animal-assisted therapy or pet-facilitated therapy, or best of all a loving family.

Dogs receive harsh treatment more than I would like to admit, but I ponder the thought that if people were aware of all the benefits that come along with the responsibility of owning an animal, that maybe they might show more initiative in ending puppy mills. There are numerous benefits that dogs share with humans such as happiness, stress relief, and better health. One of my morals is an animal a day keeps the doctor away. Studies show that owning a dog improves physical, metal, and emotional problems as well as improving social skills. An article from animal planet stated, “If the idea of cuddling with a pet to help ward off allergies seems a little backwards to you, the following may come as a surprise: University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. In fact, his research — as published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology — shows that children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.”

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In conclusion, we can address the problem of puppy mills by always adopting from animal shelters, raising awareness for the cause, and by starting a puppy mill repo organization. Adoption from an animal shelter is the easiest way to put an end to puppy mills that is both cheaper and easier. Raising awareness for the cause is also a great solution that is simple for people to contribute to by jumping on the bandwagon against puppy mills already initiated by the ASPCA and the Humane Society. Lastly, the community can work together to start a Puppy Repo organization that takes the animals away from puppy mill owners who treat their animals cruelly and relocate them to veterinary ranches, place them into animal-assisted therapy or pet-facilitated therapy, or best of all a loving family. Overall, this problem is escalating and can not be resolved without the help of passionate people all over the world. You have the knowledge and power to make a difference, or not, the choice is yours; I hope everyone who reads this essay does not just sit back, but instead take action no matter how small and help save the innocent puppies we all know and love.

Annotated Bibliography

“Stop Puppy Mills: 15 Things You Can Do.” Best Friends Animal Society, 22 June 2017, bestfriends.org/resources/stop-puppy-mills-15-things-you-can-do.

This website is a site for Best Friends Animal Society that has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters. A better world through kindness to animals is their mission. In my report I will use this site for some of its solutions to puppy mills. This website has been run by a popular animal society for over 30 years so I assume it is a credible source due to experience.

Humanesociety.org. (2018). Seven Ways You Can Stop Puppy Mills : The Humane Society oftheUnitedStates.http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/what_you_can_do_stop_puppy_mills.html.

This website was founded by The Humane Society of the United States, the most effective animal protection organization. They are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills. I will use this website for some of their previously recorded work and ideas on how to end puppy mills. This is a credible source because the organization has been around for years and helped thousands of families and animals worldwide.

“A Closer Look at Puppy Mills.” ASPCA, http://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/closer-look-puppy-mills-old.

This website was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. They inform the audience about harsh treatment of puppy mills and ways to prevent it. I will use this website for their insight on poppy mills and their harsh conditions. This is a credible source because the organization has been around since 1866 and has more than two million supporters across the country.

Sarah grace mccandles (2015). top 5 benefits of owning a pet. Retrieved January, 12, 2015, from: http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/no-3-stay-heart-healthy/.

This article shows when it comes to pet ownership, there are a number of proven health benefits for people, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk of heart attack. I will use this article to explain to my audience how important dog ownership is and that they can benefit you more than you know. It is a credible source because Sarah grace, the author, is a trusted scientist who has worked for the well renowned television show called Animal Planet.
Gern, Dr. James E. “Effects of dog ownership and genotype on immune development and atopy in infancy.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 02/11/2004.