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Puppy Factories

This is what happens when people learn the truth about where dogs come from

This is what happens when people learn the truth about where dogs come from

Posted 6 May 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Know Your Best Friend, dogs, puppy factories, adopt, TV, ad, Animals Australia

My workmate Damien and I recently took to the streets of Melbourne with a camera and a one minute video. We asked people to watch the video and filmed their reactions. Here's what happened:

How would you have reacted to the truth that most puppies in pet shops and online come from horrible puppy factories like the ones in the video? I know what my first thought was -- did my family dog Chelsea come from a place like this? If you're thinking the same thing, you can take the quiz to find out.

We got Chelsea from the Trading Post when I was in Year 5. I had never even heard about puppy factories then and I probably wouldn't have believed it even if I had. I hate to picture Chelsea's mum living in a concrete pen, not getting any of the love that we showered Chelsea with. I can't ever really know what life was like for her, but I now know that I have the power to stop other dogs from being treated like breeding machines. And so do you.

By getting your next pet from a shelter or rescue, you can make sure that your money is not going to a cruel puppy factory, you'll be saving a life, and you'll get a lifetime of love guaranteed :)

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Shelter dogs and cats make just as good pets as ones bought from pet shops and online. In fact, in one experiment in Brazil, shoppers couldn't even tell the difference. [Watch it here.]

Have you known an awesome rescue dog? Tell me about them in the comments below :)

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Puppy factories exposed on national TV!

Puppy factories exposed on national TV!

Posted 27 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Know Your Best Friend, dogs, puppy factories, adopt, TV, ad, Animals Australia

It's an exciting time here at Animals Australia because we have just launched our biggest puppy factory campaign EVER! Dogs in puppy factories will finally have a voice on national TV and on bus stops in Melbourne and Sydney.

Watch the 1 minute TV ad: [There's some sad footage of dogs in puppy factories in this vid so please don't watch if you think it will upset you.]

I can remember the very first time I learnt that most dogs sold online and in pet shops come from places where their mothers may spend their whole lives locked up and never know what it feels like to be loved. I was shocked. And saddened. The most shocking part -- it's actually legal to force dogs to live like this. 

I swore that I would never ever support puppy factories.

The best thing you can do to help end puppy factories is to adopt your future dog from a shelter. That way you not only give a dog in need the love he or she deserves, but you also help reduce the demand for puppies to be bred (which is what puppy factories thrive on).

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To find out more about puppy factories and how you can help end them check out Knowyourbestfriend.com. And keep your eye out for the TV ad and bus stop posters :)

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A WIN for cats and dogs :)

A WIN for cats and dogs :)

Posted 3 December 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, companion animals, adopt, election, politics, Victoria, pet shops, dogs, cats, Nellie

Normally when there's talk about politics I'm all like:

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But I heard some news that made me go like:

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Last weekend was the state election in Victoria. And the new Labor government has promised that they will make sure that NO cats and dogs are sold in pet shops UNLESS they're from an animal rescue group :) 

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So not only will more animals like me get a second chance and a comfy bed and walks and cuddles, but it means that people can be sure that their new friend doesn't come from a horrible puppy factory. (Yup, it's true. Most pet shop puppies come from puppy factories :( See for yourself.)

I reckon this should be the rule in ALL Australia don't you? Maybe you could write to your local politics person and ask them to do the same in your state. I would but ... I'm a dog.

The best news is you don't have to wait for any rules to be changed to be a friend to dogs and cats and help stop puppy factories. By pledging to always adopt, rather than buying from a pet shop, you will be a hero for someone just like me :)

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Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Posted 24 September 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, adopt, companion animals, victory, good news

I just heard some news that really made my tail wag! This really awful puppy factory place has closed down for good! That means no more dogs like the one in the picture will have to live in this sad, sad place at Kerang (Victoria).

They call it a puppy factory but I call it dog prison. I used to live in one and take it from me, it's not nice. Concrete walls and no love -- that's what dogs in a puppy factory get. And this one in Kerang was just like that. I don’t even want to think about how many puppies got taken away from their mums who had to stay in the prison.

But thank my lucky paws for caring people because somebody told Animals Australia about this puppy factory and do you know what they did? They showed everybody! And just like me nobody wanted dogs to have to live in that place anymore. And now, after being investigated for cruelty, the owners have decided to shut it down!

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One day I think all of the puppy factories will be closed down. Since I was adopted I have only met really nice people who want all the dogs to have waggly tails like I do now and so I think that with all these people in the world it won't be long before all the dogs are freed and getting so much love they can't even keep their paws on the ground because of all the waggling.

The way that you can help make this happy, happy day come true is by saying that you'll always adopt animals from a shelter when you are looking for a new best friend. Animals Australia has shown that puppy factories often sell puppies in pet shops and online so if you want to make sure that you aren't supporting puppy factories then adopt, adopt, adopt! And the best part is you will get a loving friend like me who needs a home for life :)

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G2g steal a toy off Buddy (my brother) now. Byeee!

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I used to live in a puppy factory :(

I used to live in a puppy factory :(

Posted 14 May 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: dogs, puppy factories, adopt, rescue stories

Do you only like stories that have a happy ending? Me too. So don't worry, this one has one.

A long time ago (in dog years that is) I was living in a really bad place. All the other dogs were sad and me too. I was always tied up. I didn't even know what walkies was then. And they kept making me have puppies, but then they took them all away. Every time. I don't like to talk about it much, but after I saw that video of the other dogs in the puppy factory, like I was, I wanted to tell my story.

I was lucky. The puppy factory where I lived got shut down, and I got taken to a shelter. And now I get to tell you the best bit. My story has a happy ending all because one lady made a very nice decision to rescue me from that shelter.

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My mum works at a place where they help all the animals and especially the ones in cages. They call the place Animals Australia. I come into the office sometimes and I am a big help, see:

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Mmkay I gotta go it's lunch time now. But if you would like to give someone a happy ending like mine, and make sure that you never ever support puppy factories, you can do this very easy thing – adopt your next animal friend from a shelter. You never know, maybe they will be super helpful like me.

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P.S. I have an Instagram page. You can follow me if you like @nelliepotatoes. Not sure why potatoes ... mmm potatoes ...

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The true price of pet shop puppies ...

The true price of pet shop puppies ...

Posted 13 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, video, adopt, companion animals

Do you know that song "how much is that doggy in the window?" My grandpa used to sing it to me. But I could never have imagined the real cost of pet shop window puppies ... the hidden suffering that goes on behind closed doors.

A new investigation has revealed the secret ties between one of Australia's biggest puppy factories based in Victoria, and a number of popular pet stores. If you love dogs, this will shock you:

This is the true cost of many pet shop puppies — a life of misery for the dogs left behind. Not just in Victoria either... Puppy factories are still legal across Australia, and the RSPCA estimates that most dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy factories.

I'm not surprised that some of the pet shops in this investigation were caught misleading customers when they were asked where their dogs came from. Who would want to own up to supporting a puppy factory?

The dogs who are used for breeding in these places will never get to chase a ball, run along the beach or get a belly rub. They will never feel the love of a family. Most of them are forced to have puppies over and over again until they can't any longer. Then they're killed.

As someone who has always had dogs in my family, this breaks my heart. It's sadly ironic, don't you think, that the animals in these places have been bred to be "man's best friend" but they are deprived of any human love :(

But there's some good news! It's easy to make sure that you never ever ever ever EVER support puppy factories. Simply make the choice to always adopt your furry family members from an animal shelter.

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Animal shelters are overflowing with dogs and cats who desperately need loving homes. Be a lifesaver and make the pledge to always adopt today.

You might even give an animal the love of a family that they've never known! Unleashed's very own Nellie was adopted from a shelter and she had spent the first five years of her life as a breeding dog in a puppy factory. But I'll let her tell you the story herself ;)

Have you ever adopted an animal from a shelter? I'd love to hear your story in the comments.

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