Help Put A Stop To Puppy Mills

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Bailing Out Benji is a small, non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public and providing them with the most current and accurate data regarding the puppy mill industry.

We are fighting to put an end to puppy mills, but not like everyone else.

We work to expose the known puppy mills, while also researching and reporting the unlicensed facilities.

A puppy mill is any high-volume breeder that puts the profit over the welfare of these animals.

Puppy mills are facilities that cut corners in veterinary care, quality of food, and genetic tests to save money; while also forcing dogs to live in high confinement situations with little-to-no human interaction. Dogs in puppy mills exist solely to produce puppies and are not treated like family pets.

We work to expose pet stores that source their puppies from puppy mills.

We collect government health records and trace puppies and kittens as they move from the puppy mill to the pet store. and online websites

View our pet store research. We obtain government health documents and trace puppies moving from puppy mills to pet stores all over the country.

We are working to give the public the tools they need to be the best animal advocates possible.

Bailing Out Benji is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to educate about the puppy mill problem across the United States.

On top of our research efforts, we work to inspire more advocates to make change in their own communities by providing them with the educational tools to do so. This includes providing our educational materials and puppy mill maps for free.

Seven ways you can stop puppy mills

You are the key to stopping the cycle of cruelty.

Here are seven ways you can take action to make a difference for dogs suffering in puppy mills from the Humane Society of the United States:

1. Help make your local pet store puppy-friendly

The Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores initiative asks dog lovers everywhere to help their local pet stores implement puppy-friendly policies by refusing to sell puppies in their store and supporting homeless pet adoptions instead. Stores that already do not sell puppies can sign up to show that they are taking a stand against puppy mills and to make official their policy of not selling puppies. Always refuse to buy pet supplies at stores that sell puppies.

2. Be an advocate

Our downloadable advocacy guide is a great resource with ideas that can help propel you into action. It also offers a detailed guide on working for passage of laws in your own community that will improve the lives of dogs in puppy mills.

Anyone with information on a possible crime involving puppy mills can report it. If you witnessed deplorable conditions in person and wish to file a complaint, please fill out this form.

View our list of localities that have passed ordinances banning the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores not obtained from shelters or rescues.

Watch Our Free Webinar: “Stop Puppy Mills: Your Questions Answered!”

3. Contact your legislators

Contact your federal legislators and let them know that you’re concerned about the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills and want the puppy mill issue to be a priority for Congress. Ask them to press the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act a top priority, with strong fines and penalties for breeders who don’t follow the law.

4. Write letters to the editor

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to get the word out about puppy mills. Write your own version—a short, polite letter is most effective.

5. Print and post flyers

Download and print these flyers and bring them to local businesses or events to help potential new pet owners avoid puppy mills.

Stop Puppy Mills [PDF]
How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder [PDF]
The Cruelty Behind the Cuteness [PDF]

6. Introduce our “Nose-to-Tail” program at your school

Are you interested in fostering a culture of kindness with elementary students? The Humane Society of the United States has developed an exciting new humane curriculum tailored for this age group. From Nose to Tail: Lessons to Inspire Care and Compassion for Dogs is available in two versions, grades K-2 and 3-5. Both explore various dog-related humane issues, with a special focus on puppy mills.

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7. Shop our online stores

Wear your support on your sleeve and share your love of animals by wearing our branded merchandise; find it on Amazon (Bailing Out Benji) or Talk Dog To Me Brand

You Can Also Check out the States with Humane Pet Sales Laws

Humane pet sales laws are an effective way to put the squeeze on commercial breeding operations. These laws prevent pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from breeding mills, which shrinks the market for inhumanely bred pets to be sold. Here is a list of the jurisdictions in North America that have enacted such legislation.

To view the full list in chronological order, click here.

Check out the Puppy Mill Pet Store Fact Guide here.