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National Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD)

Started by Last Chance for Animals and other animal activists, PMAD takes place the last weekend of every September to spread awareness of the sad truth behind the puppy mill industry and encourage the public to adopt – not purchase – companion animals.

PMAD started in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2004, and now animal advocates across the United States join forces on this day by holding protests, organizing adoption events, and leading marches or walks. Anyone can hold a PMAD event in their hometown. For an extensive list of ways you can participate in your community, CLICK HERE.

About Puppy Mills

Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding facilities. Every year, 2.4 million puppies are bred in puppy mills and sold for profit, despite the overcrowding in animal shelters and severe overpopulation of dogs.

Dogs in puppy mills are kept in cramped, filthy conditions and may have inadequate food, water and medical care.  Many of the breeder females are bred to death.  They give birth to litter after litter, and eventually become so beaten down that they cannot conceive anymore.  At this point, they are usually killed, since they are no longer able to make their owner money.  Puppies are sold to pet stores as young as 8 weeks old, many times with false paperwork and illnesses yet to be discovered.  Illnesses are frequently overlooked, and animal health documents are easily modified.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2012 Austin, Texas

Delilah Belle – Puppy Mill Survivor

Delilah Belle – Puppy Mill Survivor

PMAD TX 2012 Event

Puppy Mill Survivors

On September 25th 2012, hundreds of people showed up for Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2012 in Austin, Texas to show their support to put an end to puppy mills…and to meet the courageous puppy mill survivors.

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, actress and Texas native Shannon Elizabeth, "It's Me or the Dog" star Victoria Stilwell, and Animal Cops Houston's Randy Farmer joined LCA's Chris DeRose and Carol Araneo-Mayer, co-founder of rescue group Paws of Austin for the inspirational event.

Many thanks for photography by Amy Gross, Austin, TX

Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2011 Los Angeles

Puppy Mill Awareness Day Little Rock, CAPuppy Mill Awareness Day protest in Little Rock, CAOn Saturday, September 24th, 2011 LCA led a caravan of protestors to Littlerock, CA, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, to protest the puppy mills which supply Los Angeles pet stores with puppies. This was the first time there has ever been a protest at the actual mills in California.

One mill was World Kennels. LCA’s Special Investigations Unit discovered World Kennels in 2008 and found over 400 dogs at the facility. As a result of LCA’s investigation over 300 dogs were removed. At this protest we let World Kennels know that we haven’t forgotten about them and the other dogs languishing in the hot kennels and that we won’t stop until all the dogs are released.

Several neighbors came out to talk to the protestors, they had no idea that this was going on in their own backyard. For too long the puppy millers have been able to hide in obscurity out in the Mojave Desert. On September 24th we gave them notice that they can no longer do so. Whether it is in California, Pennsylvania, or anywhere in between, LCA will not stop until every cage is open.

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