Thousands of Dogs Still Found in Puppy Mill

Bentley Hansen, Staff Writer

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The amount of puppy mills have decreased substantially in the U.S.A. although there are still about 10,000 mills around that distribute thousands of dogs to local pet adoption locations.

According to the Humane Society of the United States,“99 percent of puppies come from puppy mills no matter what the breeder or store says.”

Many believe the best thing to do for the dogs and their situations is to adopt from shelters rather than from any business-savvy location.

“About 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year,” states the ASPCA.

The Humane Society is a main location for any stray animals, whether it be cats or dogs, to end up in. These animals are regularly checked up on and taken care of due to time given by volunteers.

“Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year,” ASPCA wrote in Pet Statistics.

However, 44% of families in America are pet owners or have a pet living in their household and still there are about 620,000 unadopted dogs in shelters.

“APPA reports that 34% of dogs are purchased from breeders, while 23% of dogs and 31% of cats are obtained from an animal shelter or humane society,” concludes the ASPCA.

These statistics only show the rapid growth of pets without families in the U.S.A. while puppy mills are still breeding dogs whom may never have a home.  Next time when wanting to adopt a puppy, stop by your local Humane Society.

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