What is a Puppy Mill?  It is a generally a commercial sub standard breeding facility where their breeding programs are not concerned about treatment. In many cases mental healths issues may be present.  Puppies for  profit is the goal, with little regard for the welfare or quality of life of the breeding animals.  They are discarded when they become too sick or can no longer produce puppies.

Retail Rescuers: using the word rescue can sometimes imply having a  halo over ones head.  It is always wise to do  research before buying or adopting a rescue puppy.  We have some of the best rescues in Colorado but we also have puppy flippers and sick puppies from back yard breeders. See if they are licensed with PACFA.  Always wise to check out their record. 

When purchasing from a Pet Stores the buyer should do a little research prior to purchasing a puppy.  Find out what state the said puppy came from  and who the breeder was.   

“Regrettably, puppy mills(commercial breeders) continue to flourish. Without a doubt, the vehicle and the stimulus for the continuing sale of these puppies is the internet. E-commerce has become the principal marketplace for the sale of puppies from large commercial dog breeders. It has allowed breeders to avoid the stigma of marketing dogs through pet stores, which have been so widely criticized. In addition, for many years, internet sales of puppies have been ignored by USDA and currently are only given minimal oversight and thus are allowed to operate without impunity.


What are the current laws?

Animal Welfare Act - 1966 - The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 and is the only federal law that regulates the treatment of animals in commercial and scientific endeavors and provides the minimum coverage allowed.

 However, it does not specifically mention any detailed protections for the animals. 

The Act gives authority to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS); an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inspect facilities.

In the rescue world there is a standard Rescuer’s Creed that, when rescuing any dog or cat from a bad situation, we are making a commitment to right the wrongs of past abuses this animal has experienced. As a community,  we believe it is our job to right these wrongs and hold animal abuse perpetrators accountable. We must provide higher standards of care. If our communities knew what truly went on in some of these rescue operations, they would be shocked and horrified. Making big profits through high volumes and providing little to no care to the animals is not rescue.