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Stick It To Puppy Mills!

Stick It To Puppy Mills!

Posted 16 July 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: puppy mills, dogs, cats, adopt, pet overpopulation, pounds, breeders, pet stores, factory farming, take action

Recently, Unleashed member, Lea sent me some sticker designs she had created to promote shelter adoption. It's always inspiring to see what other people are doing to speak up for animals, and so I wanted to share Lea's designs with you:

I probably don't need to tell you Lea's onto a good thing. Adopting an animal from a shelter, rather than buying one from a pet store or breeder, is a great way to help animals ... For so many reasons!

For starters, you're giving a needy animal a home. Every year across Australia, over 200,000 dogs and cats are put down in shelters because a loving home could not be found for them. Every time a dog or cat is bought from a pet store, or a breeder, that's one less home for an animal in a shelter. And to add insult to injury it also creates the demand for even more dogs and cats to be bred :(

If that weren't reason enough, then puppy mills certainly are! Puppy mills are like factory farms for dogs. Imagine dozens or even hundreds of dogs kept as breeding machines - each dog confined to a small enclosure and given little exercise. These animals rarely get enough opportunity to socialise with other dogs or humans. Investigations of puppy mills have found dogs huddled in enclosures without proper shelter or bedding, and have found sick and weak dogs without proper vet care.

Many pet stores sell puppies from puppy mills. It's heart breaking to think that while the furry little bundle of joy that families buy at a pet store is on his way to his new home, his mum and dad are probably still suffering in a puppy mill.

Adopting a new furry friend from a shelter can be an incredibly rewarding experience. And it is all the more rewarding when you know that you've given a needy animal a loving home. Fingers crossed Lea's stickers reach a lot of people (and I'm sure she'd be happy for you to print them out and help make that happen - click on either image to get a larger version).

Have you adopted an animal?

Got something you're doing to speak up for animals?

Leave a comment below and tell us your story.

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kim. kim. 16 July 2010
i have always hated pet stores because i know the cruelty behind it. Every dog i get is from an animal shelter and i try to get my friends to do the same by telling them about puppy mills. These stickers are great! I will definitely get somehappy
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Truc Truc 16 July 2010
this is horrible, but if i knew my puppy came from puppy mills , i would . omg but now i have him so i wont make that mistake again. but yeah he was the only one left, felt sorry though
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...2 ...2 17 July 2010
This is why it's much better to rescue a dog from the pound... aslo, I can't help but notice that you and the puppy in the top picture are pulling exactly the same pose...
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Hitler Hitler 17 July 2010
loves the design
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KittyVegan KittyVegan 24 July 2010
where can we purchase these stickers from? =)
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Jesse Jesse 26 July 2010
Lea is planning to get them printer herself. If you click on the images of the stickers, you can download a high quality version to get printed yourself as well. Or else you could get in contact Lea via her profile page and ask very nicely wink
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Lea Lea 31 July 2010
If you want then I could mail some to you happy
Send me your contact details and then I can chuck some in an envelope and send them off.
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 6 August 2010
As pure bred breeders we much prefer people adopt rather than buying from those prat puppy mills or supporting the puppy mills by going to pet stores... good on ya! xx
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Down_with_animal_cruelty! Down_with_animal_cruelty! 6 August 2010
I really love that there are other people trying to stop this ! I WANT TO GET PUPPY MILLS BANNED AND ONLY HAVE BREEDERS WHO ARE ACCREDITED SUPPLIYING PET STORES. Every one else that knows me thinks either I'm crazy enough to do it by sheer pigheadedness or that i won't be able to effect any change because I'm just one person. But I'm obviously not. happy
Both my dogs are pound puppies as i didn't like the fact that dogs were killled if they didn't get homes. My springer spaniel was actually meant to be put down a few hours before mom, dad and i saved her.
We need more animals in the pounds found forever homes not put down. So DOWN with pet stores and Up with animal shelters, the pound and your local RSPCA!
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Selene Selene 11 August 2010
In Greece there have been 4 illegal puppy mills discovered just within the last year. People keep on asking for pure-bred dogs but when it comes to an adult they don't even think about it. everybody wants pure-bred AND puppies! and of course they're dying to find them for free. we have many shelters funded by volunteers and taken care of by people that have devoted their lives to this. in the very few (not to say one) government-funded shelters no animals are put down because they don't find a home, the worst case is that they leave them again where they've found them.
Here, many "humans" like to throw the puppies in garbage cans alive or dead. it is at least sick. abuses are often on the islands and the countryside, whilst the latest trend is hanging them with wire or burning them alive. and of course the mass-poisonings that are an every day phenomenon.
The problem in my country is that almost noone understands the importance of sterilizing their pets.

i am happy to be a volunteer in a shelter and take care of stray animals nearby on my own, and very proud to become in two weeks a mommy of two 2.5year-old pittbul-something-mix-doggies from the shelter happy
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Selene Selene 11 August 2010
pet stores in some European countries are banned from selling puppies! they can only sell accesories and food etc, and support stray-adoptions.
in Greece we have pet-shops that keep puppies on their displays and if they aren't sold in time they leave them grow up there with no space to walk, they can only turn around themselves. and if they grow more? they dump them.
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animals deserve 2 live 2!! animals deserve 2 live 2!! 12 August 2010
All animals deserve 2 be free!!! ecstatic
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cosmicwolf4 cosmicwolf4 13 August 2010
Here to help
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