Hello everyone. Olivia here. As many of you know, we at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs are very much against so called puppy mills. Because puppy mills are legal & are supported by many large corporations & dog registry groups, it will take a lot of dedicated people with a tremendous amount of persistence to bring change. But it can be done, you can help make a difference.
The first step is simple, never purchase a puppy from a pet store or online, & never patronize a store that sells puppies. If you really want a puppy, I bet a shelter or rescue in your area has a litter or will soon enough.
If you purchase from a breeder; make sure you can visit & see where the puppy was born & meet its parents. If the breeder balks at the idea of you coming to their kennel, or if they suggest a meeting somewhere else, chances are they are operating a puppy mill.
Educate your friends & family. You’d be surprised how many people have no idea what a puppy mill is & why they should be made illegal. On that note, contact your local government & see if local bylaws allow puppy mills & if so, fight to change the law.
Help spread the word about puppy mills by sharing & posting on social media. There are many informative anti-puppy mill Facebook pages, a list can be found here.
But it all comes down to a simple mantra, “Adopt don’t shop”. Remember, when you adopt, you enrich three lives, yours, the dog you rescued & the one you just made space for.
CEO Olivia ❤