What Is A Puppy Mill?
A puppy mill is a large scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well being of its dogs. These dogs are often severely neglected, crammed into filthy cages with minimal exercise, vet care or human contact. 99% of all pet store puppies and random online puppy sale sites come from puppy mills. Many pet stores and online sites will mislead customers about the sources of their puppies. Pet stores boast that they deal with only USDA licensed breeders. Yet licensing requirements are minimal, and many breeders remain licensed despite repeated USDA violations. Many puppies that come from pet stores and random online sites develop health issues that end up costing the consumer a lot of money.
There are 10,000 puppy mills in the United States producing more than 2 million puppies a year. That is about the same amount of animals that get euthanized in the US per year. We at Boot's Place Against Puppy Mills encourage the public to adopt, not shop. There are many rescued dogs and cats in need of homes. Go to to start your search. If an adult dog is not your choice, please contact us. We are not against reputable breeders who care about their dogs and cats. And we understand some people want a puppy or kitten. We just DO NOT want you to go to a pet store or a random online site to purchase your new companion. We can find you a perfect puppy or kitten that is healthy and raised with love.
Here is a picture of how puppy mill dogs live. Unfortunately, this is more of the norm. Courtesy of ARC.
Most puppy mill dogs live in cages with no flooring. This poor baby kept getting his leg caught and this was the result. Courtesy of HSUS.
Here is a puppy mill raid in progress. The smell of ammonia from the urine is horrific thus the masks that the volunteers have to wear. Courtesy of ARC.
Puppy mill dogs rarely get bathed. If they do, the breeder just takes a garden hose and hoses the dogs down in their cages. Many are afraid of water when this happens. ARC picture.
Vet care is rarely performed and these dogs suffer the consequences. Courtesy of ARC.
Another example of how these dogs are treated. No vet care or grooming. This dog looks to be blind from eye care neglect. Courtesy of ARC.