Q. What is The SDPM web site doing about puppy mills?

A. Through the dedicationof all of the volunteers who have donated their time & energy to this campaign, our mission is to educate the general public of the puppy mill industry to ultimately shut down puppy mills & irresponsible breeders. Our dedication also expands to the animal rescue community who are over run with the never ending reality of re-homing healthy animals often originating from Puppy Mills & poor/irresponsible breeders.

It’s important to know that in most cases, puppy mills and commercial kennels are not illegal. In every province/state, a commercial/breeding kennel can legally keep dozens, even hundreds, of dogs in cages for their entire lives, as long as the dogs are given the basics of food, water, shelter and veterinary care. Please remember that this Shut Down Puppy Mills web site is not a law enforced or regulatory agency, we are an information web site only.

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Q. There is a puppy mill in my area. How can I shut it down?

A. If you visited a breeding facility & have seen first hand specific evidence of cruelty or neglect, such as; animals without food and water, sick dogs who are not being treated, or dogs without adequate shelter from the elements, then the first agency to contact is a local law enforcement agency, such as your local humane society, animal control agency, police or RCMP department.

Prepare specific details of your complaint in advance, and get a case number or contact information related to your case. If you do not hear back from the local authorities within a week, please call them back to ask for an update.

Q. I bought a puppy that got sick. What can I do?

A. Step 1. Prepare your complaint. It is imperative that you put together as much information as possible to support your case. Some examples of the type of information that you would need are as follows;

  • Name, address and phone number of the breeder, kennel or pet store
  • Copies of your purchase agreements or bill of sale
  • Copies of any registration papers given to you at the time of sale
  • A brief timeline of events related to the dog’s sale and health problem
  • Copies of all of your veterinary bills
  • Photographs or other documentation of your dog’s medical conditions
  • A necropsy report from your veterinarian, if the dog has passed away

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Q. My local pet store might be selling dogs from puppy mills. How can I find out?

A. 99% of pet store puppies come from puppy mills. However the smaller stores which have 1 – 2 litters may be acquiring their pups from back yard and/or inexperienced breeders. The larger pet stores that sell several litters at one time are getting their puppies either through brokers or directly from commercial kennels and/or puppy mills.
Ask the pet store employee to show you the paperwork identifying the puppy’s breeder and origins. If he or she refuses to do so or is reluctant to show you the paperwork, consider it a “red flag”. If you inspect the paperwork, you may notice that the puppy has been shipped from out of the province or country. Pet stores have also been known to falsify paperwork to make a sale.

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Q. Where can I find a list of known puppy mills?

A. For many reasons, the SDPM web site does not publish a list of known puppy mills. There are literally thousands of puppy mills in existence all over the country but in order to financially succeed they must remain hidden. There are so many unregulated breeders & puppy mills that to publish a list of the known or “problem” breeders/mills may give the public a false impression that any establishment that is not on the list is “safe.” Nothing could be farther from the truth, however. In fact, some problematic breeders & puppy mills have been known to change their names and locations frequently to evade their reputations.

ATTENTION: If you know or suspect a breeder or breeding facility that is neglecting or abusing their animals please contact your local S.P.C.A. and/or Animal Control Agency immediately.

Questions regarding our web site or about the Puppy Mill industry? Please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and will respond to your question(s) as soon as possible.

Q. Are all dogs/puppies that are sold through pet stores, newspaper ads or through an online website necessarily a product of an uncaring and cruel origin such as from puppy mills/poor backyard breeders?

It is extremely important for people to be aware that both Puppy mills & poor breeders use these 3 main avenues to sell their puppies & since there are no laws regulating puppy mills/commercial kennels/backyard breeders than the breeding facility must be personally viewed & references checked especially from their Veterinarian, otherwise the risk is simply too high with regards to supporting such a cruel inhumane industry. This may seem like a lot of work but to ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate/responsible breeder, buying a dog (or any pet) should be a well researched & thought out process. There is always a higher risk when purchasing a pet from an unknown breeding source so please do your research.