Puppy mills have been in the news far too often over the past few months. But there is good news: Hundreds of animals have been rescued, and those who require veterinary care will receive that care.
In an effort to fight puppy mills, the nonprofit Puppy Mill Project (along with many organic online supporters) worked early on to help communities ban the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. While the millers’ primary source of income and support are online sales, this action does hit them, lowering the demand for their product and creating awareness.
Today, more than 200 cities across the U.S. and Canada have banned the sales of dogs and cats (and even rabbits in some cities) at pet stores because their suppliers mass produce them.
Inexplicably, a minority of veterinary medical associations actually oppose laws preventing dogs and cats from being sold at pet stores. However, most veterinary professionals support these laws, and are appalled by this opposition, which is how Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills began. Please LIKE that Facebook page, and ask your veterinarian to do the same, and also talk to veterinary technicians (veterinary nurses). In fact, Veterinary Technicians in America (the national organization) is a cofounder of Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills.
The Mothers In the Mill benefit is Saturday, May 13, at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie Street), at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of food (buffet style) and an open bar. Chicago’s Out of Control band will perform. Lisnek is the always-fun emcee.
Tickets are available HERE ($125 in advance, $150 at the door).