Over 2 million puppies each year begin their lives thrust into vile, barren hellholes known as puppy mills. Criminal and legal puppy mills relentlessly abuse 'breeder' mamas and feed pet stores an endless supply of sick, suffering pups. Mama dogs are bred until their teats bleed and their bodies can take no more, never knowing a kind word or gentle embrace, while their sick pups are snatched away as little more than commercial goods.
In Defense of Animals is working to shut down all 10,000 puppy mills that litter the United States. We work to secure legislative victories against puppy mills and pet stores, and rescue and rehabilitate mill dogs and pups before it’s too late. State by state, we are fostering legislative change to free and protect man's best friend from a life of misery and we will not rest until every puppy mill is closed forever.