Puppy mills produced large numbers of dogs in filthy conditions without regard for their health or well-being. Learn how to stop puppy mills and to help their victims.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
A journalist tracks a rescued puppy mill dog, exposing the breeding industry along the way.
The behind-the-scenes legwork put in by the Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force makes dramatic puppy mill rescues possible.
The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.
Want to help The HSUS put puppy mills out of business and find good homes for dogs who have never known anything but a wire cage? Check out our new Placement Partners program.
A raid in March 2009 rescued more than 300 dogs from the misery of a puppy mill in Arkansas, setting them on the road to new lives. But not all of them got on the road. Some took to the air, thanks to a retired pilot from Colorado.
Policies & Programs
The HSUS Maddie's Fund Puppy Mill Task Force works with law enforcement, animal shelters, and other agencies to investigate puppy mills, develop cases, execute raids/rescues on puppy mill operations, and ensure enforcement of any laws that are being broken. We are available to provide expert guidance to local, state, and federal agencies in the prosecution of animal abusers in relation to the operation of puppy mills.
That pooch in the pet-store window may be may alluring but buyer beware: you may be supporting a puppy mill.