How do I report a puppy mill in my area?
SPCA International encourages you to contact your local Animal Control, rescue group, Sheriff’s Department or Crime Stoppers’ hotline if you suspect a puppy mill is operating in your area. These organizations will have the jurisdiction to investigate and shut down puppy mills. Contacting your local agency will also ensure the fastest possible action.
While SPCA International also accepts reports of puppy mills and other cases of abuse, we receive too many to process them as quickly as necessary. To receive the fastest possible action, we ask that you also report the incident or evidence to your local animal agencies. You can find their contact information in the phone book or through an online search.
How can I help stop puppy mills (even if I’m not in the market for a new pet)?
To help stop puppy mills, join SPCA International in spreading the word about the cruel treatment puppy mill breeders inflict on the dogs in their care, and how to spot and report a puppy mill. Explain the importance of adopting one of the millions of animals currently waiting in shelters for their forever home. Educate friends, family and neighbors who are thinking about purchasing a new pet by distributing the helpful tips below titled “How do I know I am buying a healthy dog?”
The easiest way to put puppy mills out of business is to stop purchasing purebred dogs. There are rescue groups all over the world for every breed of animal. If you or a friend or relative are looking to purchase a specific breed, do the research to find the breed rescue in your area.
How do I know I am buying a healthy dog?
SPCA International strongly encourages people to adopt a dog or cat from their local animal shelter or rescue group, but we know that people unknowingly will continue to purchase dogs from puppy mills. Below are some helpful tips to follow when thinking about purchasing a puppy:
What else can I do to stop puppy mills?
Donate today! SPCA International is working to stop puppy mills through education, reporting and support for local action. By donating to SPCA International, you will support this vital work and help expand our efforts to locate puppy mills, shut them down and rescue the enslaved animals.
This SPCA International article is intended to help further your understanding of your animal's needs. We understand your unique bond with your pet and it is our pleasure to help you look after its welfare. Thanks to your continued support, SPCA International is able to provide you and countless others with important news regarding the safety of your pets. Thank you again for your donations – every little bit helps!