I know this blog is supposed to be all about cat news, but to be totally honest, I love dogs, too–so when I have a chance to do something to help my dog friends, I’m all over it.
A lot of us are familiar with the heartbreaking stories about puppy mills: the pups left unsocialized crammed in filthy cages, the mother dogs forced to breed until they get sick and die from the stress and fatigue, and the millions of hapless people who buy these pups without any knowledge of the barbaric industry they’re supporting with their purchase.
But according to a poll recently commissioned by the ASPCA, almost 80 percent of the respondents didn’t realize that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and that 80 percent of consumers would not buy a pup if they knew it came from a puppy mill.
To help raise awareness, the ASPCA has launched the No Pet Store Puppies campaign. To participate, you take a pledge that if a pet store sells puppies, you won’t buy anything there. And I’m not just talking about puppies here: the stores that sell pups also serve a lot of cat caretakers, too. Pet lovers spend more than $48 billion on goodies for their critter friends, and cat lovers’ purchases account for a good chunk of that–so we can do something to make a difference for pups!
I’ve signed the pledge, and I hope you will, too–not just for the sake of dogs, but for the sake of kittens, reptiles, pocket pets, and all animals that suffer because of these “breeding factories.”
If we can strangle the puppy mill industry’s revenue train, if we can raise awareness of the plight of animals stuck in this awful machine, we make a step toward raising awareness of kitten mills and the abuses that take place in cruelly run rabbit, gerbil, etc., breeding facilities, too.
Please sign the pledge. The Paws and Effect Gang and I did. Check it out: