How to Help
How You Can Help Stop Puppy Mills
#1 Contact Your Local Government
Write letters to your state senator(s) and to your state representative telling why they should pass laws that prevent the sale of puppies at pet stores. Harley's Dream provides a sample letter to help you get started.
Click the buttons below to find your local contacts. For your local city council members, type the following statement in your search engine: city council members for (add your city name).
#2 Contact Your Local Newspaper
Send a “letter to the editor” of your local newspaper telling why people should not buy puppies from pet stores.
#3 Learn About Puppy Mills
There are many incredible non-profit organizations working to end puppy mills and advocating for animal welfare. The following are just a few organizations that are a great resource and provide education.
#4 Join the Cause
Follow organizations that are working hard to end puppy mills. If you are allowed, share what you learn on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and in emails. Now is your chance to speak up for puppy mill dogs.
Each one of us has the power to make a difference for puppy mill dogs by taking action.
#5 Share Your Knowledge
Make a presentation about why you should not buy puppies from pet stores, like Lily and her best friends Renzo and Emily did. Share it with other classes in your school. Send it to other schools.
With your Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop, do a letter-writing campaign to your elected officials and puppy mill owners telling your opinion about locking dogs in cages. The Bailing Out Benji website can provide addresses for these people.
#6 Learn About General Care & Rehabilitation of Rescued Puppy Mill Dogs
The following websites are great resources for learning about how to care for dogs rescued from puppy mills.
A few helpful books include:
A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere by Jana Kohl (Purchase on Amazon)
The Diary of Lucy Blue by Janice Mitchell (Purchase on Amazon)
Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills by Carol Bradley (Purchase on Amazon)
Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!: Happy Stories and Helpful Advice Paperback by Christine Palm Shaughness with Chris M. Slawecki (Purchase on Amazon)
Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause by Peggy Race (Purchase on Amazon)
Bark Until Heard: Among the Silenced Dogs I Found My Voice by Becky Monroe (Purchase on Amazon)
The Doggie in the Window: How One Dog Led Me From the Pet Store to the Factory Farm to Uncover the Truth of Where Puppies Really Come From by Rory Kress (Purchase on Amazon)