When thinking of getting a dog, a dog adoption in San Diego is the best way to go. The reason for this is because you will save a homeless dog from being euthanized; get him for a fraction of the cost and above all fight the puppy mill menace. You probably have heard about the horrors of puppy mills in the media but how much do you know about them? Why are they a problem and what can you do about it?
What are puppy mills?
Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding enterprises. They are also referred to as puppy farms. Due to the huge number of puppies they have, they house them in squalid conditions. The focus of puppy mills is profit. The do so by sacrificing the health and well-being of dogs. It is good to note that puppy mills usually refer to their businesses as kennels or dog breeders. Needless to say, these are not the best places to get your next dog. As a matter of fact, puppy adoptions have become so prevalent because of the puppy mills.
Puppy mills will over-breed dogs to get the breed that is in high demand. Breeding dogs mostly spend their whole life being bred repeatedly until they are no longer useful. The animals are kept in cramped, unsanitary prisons with little to no chance of exercise, play or being socialized. By the time they are 6 to 8 weeks old; puppies are sold to the pet stores or sold online. Sadly, most of these puppies end up with major health and behavior issues. Consequently, they end up being abandoned by their owners. These are what end up being rescues. If you went through with a dog rescue in San Diego, you probably have a dog that came from puppy mills.
As much as puppy mills are a menace, it is good to note that there are some responsible breeders out there. The responsible breeders put the well-being of dogs first and strive to improve the breed. They work closely with vets and other professionals to make sure their dogs are healthy and safe. Responsible breeders are affiliated with national and local breed clubs and are able to provide references. They also operate on a small scale than the puppy mills. What is more is that responsible breeders are eager and willing to take back a dog or puppy from the new owner if it has any hereditary issues.
How to avoid supporting the puppy mills
- Never buy a puppy or dog from a pet store unless it is a store run by legitimate pet rescue groups.
- Adopt a dog from the local animal shelter or rescue group.
- Ask for references and follow up if you plan on getting a purebred dog from breeders.
- Never adopt or buy a dog from an online breeder/kennel without visiting the facility first.
- Contact local authorities if you suspect you have found puppy mill or an inhumane dog breeding operation.
Opting for a puppy rescue is a noble thing to do. You must, however, do a research on the rescue group you are using. Do they have a good reputation? The last thing you want is to promote the puppy mills unknowingly.