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Are there such thing as puppy mill rescues? If so, i would really love to learn how I could volunteer at one.
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Are there such thing as puppy mill rescues? If so, i would really love to learn how I could volunteer at one.
I saw a thread on here awhile back about a former puppy mill mom's rescue and rehabilitation written as a diary from the perspective of the dog. Perhaps her new owner could point you in the right direction? Or you could try contacting your local dog rescue groups! The cat rescues I'm in contact with are always looking for help; even donating a bag of food goes a long way.


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I got my first boy from a pet store. I didn' know any better, my first dog, bouth himfor my son. He was a wonderful dog, and I wouldn't trade the experience I had with him for another. That said, it it so, so sad to see those precious goldens at that store. After losing my Buddy, I visited the same store that I got him from, talked with the owners about where they got their puppies..such a sad story. My question though, for us all, is what about the ones that have already landed there? I would not get a dog from a puppy store, but so many do, especially over the Christmas season. My heart hurts for the puppies there, and for the mothers at the puppy mills. I agree that all stores should be shut down. But what to do with the pups there. Are they not rescue pups too?

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Are there such thing as puppy mill rescues? If so, i would really love to learn how I could volunteer at one.

Almost all rescues deal with mill puppies/adults at one time or another. Most if not all puppies/dogs surrendered to rescues come from less than desirable beginnings. A lot of those dogs were purchased on impulse, (most likely pet shops or BYBs), without the buyers giving any thought to raising a puppy. So in actuality, any rescue you work with would be a good choice.

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I agree that all stores should be shut down. But what to do with the pups there. Are they not rescue pups too?
If they're not purchased, the store would go out of business and the puppies would most likely be given up to rescue group, (if approached), or sold at such a low price that the store would lose quite a bit of money, (it happened at one store close to me). It's the parents we need to be concerned about...

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If they're not purchased, the store would go out of business and the puppies would most likely be given up to rescue group, (if approached), or sold at such a low price that the store would lose quite a bit of money, (it happened at one store close to me). It's the parents we need to be concerned about...
I was in the process of writing this same thought. The cute puppies at the pet stores are just the tip of the iceberg.


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And if anyone reading this thread still thinks that they would be "rescuing" a puppy from a pet shop, please take a look at this site and it's pictures and see exactly what you would be supporting:

Puppymills - Information about puppy mills and how to shut them down.

I know it's hard to walk away from a puppy in a pet store, so do yourself a favor and don't go into those stores in the first place.

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The big pet shop chain in NZ is Animates. They used to sell puppies & kittens. They were moved around every three months if they did not sell. Lots of Designer puppies mostly. Hardly any purebreds. And those Designer puppies cost way more than purebred puppies from a reputable registered breeder! It is certainly the Wow they're so cute factor! I had not been into Animates for two years & then went in to get a lead for Loki & not a puppy or kitten in sight, though it was spring over here. I asked one of the young people why there were no babies ...the cages had all gone too. He told me they no longer sell them, but did not say why they had stopped .....probably due to most people buying their pets off TradeMe ...like Ebay. Registered breeders advertise their babies on TM ...as well as BYB & people wanting to rehome dogs & cats etc ...and Lost & Found also. I think it is probably like your Craig's List. I will say for Animates, they had large cages with toys & kept at a suitable temp. But it is not right & I'm glad to see that our biggest pet chain in NZ is no longer selling them.
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I'm saying it and I will continue to say it to anyone that will listen. Then again, I'll say it to those that won't listen, too. Buying a puppy from a pet store is wrong!!!!! This is a major hot button issue with me.
I couldn't agree more. There are a lot of things I will bite my tongue about just to not seem over aggressive sharing my beliefs with others....This is not one of them.

I make it very well known to people how I feel about buying a puppy from a pet store.
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Stores selling puppies is a major hot button for me. We rescued our springer Cody at 18 months of age from ESRA. He was a spur of the moment Petland purchase. The family took him home and when he turned into a spazzy, typical springer they threw him in the back yard for over a year of neglect. When we adopted him he was on death's door suffering from hemolytic anemia. Even rescue was ready to put him down, but he grabbed my heart and I thought he deserved love of family for whatever time he had. He also suffers from spinal and neuro issues. We love him to death.... BUT he should never have been born. That catches in my throat, but it is true. No thought was given to the health of his litter, and although Cody lives a wonderful life NOW, he suffered and who knows the fate of his littermates. Not to mention the thought of his poor mom.... who may still be pumping out litter after litter. Petland be ****** for marketing these living, breathing, feeling beings.



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Are there such thing as puppy mill rescues? If so, i would really love to learn how I could volunteer at one.
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue takes in a lot of puppy mill dogs, they have a wonderful program to rehabilitate the Adult dogs taken in.
They receive medical treatment and undergo an extensive program to get them ready to be placed in adoptive homes. This program is called PROJECT HOME LIFE. Here is a link to the information about their program.

Education - Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - Puppy Mill Info

My girl is a former puppy mill momma, she had a very very long journey to get healthy and to become the dog she is today. I wouldn't wish what she experienced her first two years of life on any animal. Although she is very healthy, happy, and has come a very very long way, she will never be 100%. She was abused along with not being socialized, her emotional scars are too deep. We love her just the way she is, with us, she is great. She is afraid of people she doesn't know, but will warm up to them in time, on her terms.


I just want to add, it takes a lot of money for the Rescues to get the dogs they take in from Puppy Mills healthy and to rehabilitate them. My girl's Vet bills were over $2,000 six years ago, my adoption fee of her was only $200 through the GR Rescue I adopted her from. I believe in supporting the GR Rescue especially the ones that are taking these dogs in and giving them a second chance for a life.


The ASPCA also kicked off a National NO more Puppies in Pet Stores Campaign last year.

Here are the links to the Information:

ASPCA | ASPCA Launches National


Nopetstorepuppies.com | A campaign by the ASPCA

I do not patronize any Pet Stores that sell puppies. I sent in the information of several Pet Stores in my area that sells animals to the ASPCA when they started this program last year.

As another member mentioned, get involved with your City Council, attend meetings and get this on their scheduled agenda to get a law passed banning the sale of Pets in Pet Stores in your area.

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