Not all dogs sold in pet stores are in horrible condition, even if they did come from puppy mills. Many do have underlying medical issues and/or suffer behavioral problems that likely aren’t discovered until after they get home with their new families, but others are OK. However, what you never see are the mothers of these dogs.
The mothers are breeding machines. And, once they can no longer breed they are killed—not euthanized humanely, but killed in any number of ways (shot, bludgeoned to death, whatever is most expedient). Throughout their lives, they live in horrid conditions, amidst their own waste, often crowded in with other dogs and usually on wires. They are completely denied human companionship and affection, which many dogs value as much as food and water.
Because of organizations like the Puppy Mill Project, something is being done to support awareness of puppy mills. Their big benefit, called “The Mothers in the Mills” is focused on those poor mothers.
It’s the Puppy Mill Project (and others) that have created and supported legislation to prevent dogs and cats from being sold at pet stores. These animals would be sourced from mills.
However, sadly, the mills still sell where they can at auction and online to often unknowing pet owners. The puppy mills are thriving, and our government is doing zero to make a difference.
To continue their effort, the nonprofit Puppy Mill Project needs to raise dollars.
They’re doing this in two ways: at a benefit called The Mothers In the Mill, which is being held Saturday, May 13, at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie Street), at 7 p.m. There will be lots of food (buffet style) and an open bar. Chicago’s Out of Control band will perform. Tickets are available HERE ($125 in advance, $150 at the door).
Speaking of being out of control: The always-entertaining emcee is Paul Lisnek, WGN-TV political commentator and host of “Politics Tonight” from CLTV. I will be in attendance, too.
Another way to help support the Puppy Mill Project is to purchase a giant coffee table book featuring Chicago celebrities and their pets.The Chicago Pet Project is a beautiful coffee table book filled with images of notable Chicagoans and their beloved pets taken by photographer Karen Morgan.
Proceeds go to Millie’s Mission, a fund created to pay for the veterinary costs of rescued mill dogs. Preview some of the photo shoots and purchase your copy here. I am honored to be included in this book, as is Lisnek, political commentator Walter Jacobson, Mike Retondo (Plain White T’s bassist), Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, personal finance expert Terry Savage, Andy Avalos of WMAQ-TV, several Chicago sports personalities, any so many more.