As long as holiday shoppers head for the pet stores to purchase their new puppies, they are supporting the puppy mill industry since studies indicate more than 98 percent of pet shop puppies come from such commercial breeding facilities.
(PRWEB) December 14, 2011
Pet experts from Best Friends Animal Society want holiday shoppers to know that the precious little pup in the pet store window is a poor purchase this season -- especially if they want to avoid Santa’s naughty list.
They’re launching a television and web public service announcement featuring cute cartoon puppies with a serious message: Buying a dog from a pet store or online is out, and making a holiday miracle by adopting from a shelter or animal rescue organization is in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5wKPNEg98M
The holiday PSA was launched in movie theaters this week in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City. A corresponding campaign of billboards, bus boards and mall displays is also going up this week in L.A.
Although the image of a loveable little puppy wiggling in a stocking or bedecked in a bow under the tree has become a holiday classic, the reality of where most of these pups come from is far uglier than any holiday shopper would want to acknowledge.
Virtually all puppies sold in pet shops and online come from puppy mills-- factory-like commercial breeding facilities where puppies and their parents are forced to live lonely lives in squalid conditions, with little or no human contact, exercise or medical care.
Although puppy mills are legal in the United States, many breeders--even those that are USDA-licensed—do not even follow the minimum standards of care for their dogs, confining them in tiny wire cages. Parent dogs are treated as breeding machines and never have the experience of romping on grass, living indoors, playing with toys, enjoying treats or being held by loving people.
Pet experts from Best Friends Animal Society’s warn holiday shoppers about the sickening source of those seemingly sweet pet store puppies, and to encourage anyone in the market for a pet this season to give the precious gift of life to a homeless pet by adopting from a shelter or rescue group. For those who prefer to shop online, http://www.petfinder.com is the humane site to visit to find and adopt a new furry friend.
Adopting from a shelter is not at all the same as from buying from a pet store. When shoppers buy online or from pet shops, they not only create a demand in their community for more pets to be bred and trucked in from puppy mills, but they also prevent a shelter dog from finding a loving home for the holidays. Adopting shelter pets simply saves lives.
Puppy mill dogs comprise a significant percentage of the 4-5 million pets that die in American shelters annually.
“As long as holiday shoppers head for the pet stores to purchase their new puppies, they are supporting the puppy mill industry since studies indicate more than 98 percent of pet shop puppies come from such commercial breeding facilities,” says Elizabeth Oreck, national manager, puppy mill initiatives for Best Friends Animal Society.
“This continues the cycle that contributes to the pet overpopulation problem, and leads to more dogs being euthanized in shelters. Our hope is that anyone looking for a new pet will celebrate the spirit of the season and open their heart and their home to a homeless animal from a local shelter or rescue organization.”
Each person who chooses to adopt is helping Best Friends achieve its mission of bringing about a time when there are no more homeless pets.
About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.
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