While we are no longer holding Puppy Mill Awareness Day, we still strongly support the cause. We still have our Facebook page (PMAD Salem) and we are still working to spread the word.  The flier below is a sample of past years.  The contact info is the same.   Dog-related and puppy mill resources are listed at the end.


Help Stop Puppy Mills

Salem Common, 12 - 5 PM, Salem, MA 01970

Come, have fun, network with other animal lovers and learn what you can do to save the lives of puppies                

One person CAN make a difference


Raffle  drawing @ 4 PM (cool "stuff" for you and your pet)
Doggie parade @ 2 PM...'au natural' or costumes (prizes for all dogs)
Tables with information, services and pet-related items
Guest Speaker
Practice Agility Course
Rescue Groups with animals to adopt and info about pet adoption
And more!

Contact info:
carmen01@verizon.net or call
Natalie Femino,
   In conjunction with www.awarenessday.org                                                          

 Part of a NATIONWIDE effort to put an end to Puppy Mills

All proceeds go to Puppy Mill Rescue and Animal Legal Defense Fund


For more information go to awarenessday.org/national/event;   PuppyMillRescue.com;  puppymillprotest.org; banpuppymills.com;  stoppuppymills.org;  aldf.org;  fund.org; dogsindanger.com;  BestFriends.org/news;  PrisonersOfGreed.org 

Help Put An End to Puppy Mills

       Millions of people unknowingly buy puppy mill puppies every year.  Through knowledge and education, this "unknowing" can be avoided, with the ultimate goal of closing down puppy mills.

       A puppy mill is a large scale dog breeding facility.  Puppy mills have anywhere from 25 to over 1,000 dogs.  They may advertise themselves as a family backyard breeder but that can be misleading. Raising a healthy litter of puppies in a humane, healthy way costs time and money (think of the time, money and effort you expend on your own dog), so to make a profit, puppy mills cut major corners. Dogs have one litter after another like breeding machines. They live in small cages for their entire lives, often in squalor and filth.  Puppies are sold too young (8 weeks or younger) and therefore do not receive the proper teaching and socialization from the mama and litter mates that is necessary for a healthy and balanced animal. There is no screening for genetic defects, and the dogs are not loved, touched, played with, walked, or even let out of their cages.

       Imagine your dog being treated this way!  But this is how many of the most popular breeds such as Yorkies, Bichons, Labs, Shepherds, Pugs, and Bulldogs are bred.  That is a cruel and neglectful life for millions of puppy mill dogs but the demand for such breeds is so great that it continues.

      Puppy mills sell an estimated 4 million puppies every year to people who believe they are getting a puppy from a good place.  Millions of the rest of them are euthanized or die from sickness and disease.

       To help advocate for laws to be passed to make these facilities illegal contact your local lawmakers or such organizations as Last Chance for Animals, Animal Legal Defense Fund, The Human Society Legislative Fund or Best Friend's Society to name a few.

      These puppy mills are not illegal.  So until they are, you the consumer must do your homework.  To be certain you do not get a puppy from a puppy mill:   1). Never buy a puppy from a pet store no matter how much they tug on your heartstrings.  2). Use extreme caution when buying over the Internet or from a classified ad.  Insist on seeing where the dogs live, do not meet the seller at another location or accept pictures as evidence. 3). Ask questions – if you are met with resistance you are probably dealing with someone who is not a reputable breeder. 4). Adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue group and still use caution and ask questions.  Many shelters label themselves as "no kill" but that is not always accurate.  Millions of animals are euthanized every year simply because they exist.  11,000 animals die every day in shelters. If your heart is set on a particular breed, look at a shelter (25% of shelter dogs are pure bred), or search for local breed rescue groups online or for a local small breeder where you can visit.


                             Animal Related Resources     (Just a Beginning)

Animal Legal Defense Fund............ aldf.org (Stop Puppy Mill Campaign)





Animal Communication........ www.JeanineMurphy.com /  Jeaninetalks@hotmail.com

Glenn Goldman........... www.petdogtraining.com  (training)

Loyal Canines, Beverly MA, Jermaine Anderson

Dog Whisperer  - Cesar Milan                          

Hope For Paws...............www.hopeforpaws.org, Eldad Hagar

Monks of New Skete - training 

United Hope for Animals.......... Animal Rescue

PAWSchicago.org..................... Shelter / Adoption

The Animal Rescue Site.......... charity / resource / shopping


Petfinder.com.......... adoption

BestFriends.org.......... rescue / adoption /education


Animal Rescue League............ arlboston.org

Greyhound Protection...............grey2Kusa.org

Great Dog Rescue New England www.gdrne.com



AngelsGate.org........... rescue

AdoptHomelessPaws.org............. rescue

Fidelco.org.......New England guide dog organizaion


Guiding Eyes for the Blind...............guidingeyes.org

Human Society.......... hsus.org


Last Chance for Animals  (lcanimal.org)


Rescue..........  PALC.org


Pet Rock Festival.........petrockfest.com

Peabody Animal Life Savers (PALS)...enter a search for Peabody Animal Life Savers...it will take you to petfinders.com


Animal Protection........www.massanimalcoalition.org

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