The Puppy Mill Link Exchange Project is my personal project to help raise awareness towards the atrocities that happened in puppy mills.
A puppy mill is really a dog factory, where dogs live in horrendous conditions with little care, exercise, or social interaction. There, they live out their lives churning out litters after litters of puppies for the puppy mill operators who sold them for a profit to unwitting consumers including petshops.
Being confined in a tiny space most of their lives, these dogs became 'neurotic' - bouncing off walls or spinning round and round endlessly. The only day that the puppy mill dogs get to leave the tiny crate was when they couldn't produce any more puppies and had to be taken out to be destroyed because they can no longer make 'profits'.
To the puppy mill operators, these adult dogs are nothing more than inventories and the puppies, products. Thus, this Puppy Mill Link Exchange Project was initiated to inform and to share with these unwitting consumers about the horrifying truth behind puppy mills.
Here are some links about PUPPY MILLS which you can refer to:
Main Line Animal Rescue
Stop Puppy Mills
Prisoners of Greed
Of course, there are plenty more of such websites around. All you have to do is to google for "PUPPY MILLS". There are also quite a handful of videos on Youtube too.
And here has what Oprah Winfrey got to say about puppy mills (video link).
Now, back to this Puppy Mill Link Exchange Project which I've been talking about. I was hoping to do a little reciprocal link exchange with you. That is, I will add your link to my blog but I will also need you to add my link to your blog. (*Please note that I could only accept text links)
This is what I'm hoping to achieve: To inform and to share with your readers about the existence of puppy mills and what goes on behind closed doors so that they could have a better understanding towards the sufferings of the puppy mill dogs.
In return for your great benevolence, I hope that I could drive some traffic back to your blog too.
If you have a heart, please help to break the invisible chains on the puppy mill dogs! If you have, or used to own a dog, all the more you should show your support to put an end to this inhumane trade!
If you are interested to join my cause, there are two things that I need you to do:
Firstly, put my link on your blog at the sidebar (you choose from one of the following)
The Puppymill Link Exchange Project
*Added 15th February 2008
Secondly, write a short entry about puppy mills (I'm not expecting long essays, or perfect English. Just some of your thoughts about puppy mills)
Once that is done, drop me a comment here in this entry. I'll review your blog and if you share my vision, your link will be added.
That is all I ask of you!
Please, do it for the sake of the dogs who are still trapped in the puppy mills out there!
You might be asking, "What can ONE person do?"
I'll tell you, this is what ONE person has already done:
Nineteen year old Tiffany Butler went to work for a commercial dog breeder in Jackson County, Georgia on February 18, 2008.
On February 19 Tiffany filed a Complaint with county authorities that has led to arrests and state and local authorities taking control of this puppy mill.
It goes to show it only takes one person to make a difference, to stop cruelty, to put a dent in the pet trade in which so many animals are trapped in misery.
In her complaint Tiffany says the first place she saw was the "puppy room", "the only clean room" where puppies are put "before a customer comes". Tiffany described that "cockroaches infest[ed] the walls". When she then went into the "puppy barn", sort of a birthing area, Tiffany could not breathe because of the stench. "It smelled horrible". Roaches were everywhere, even falling on her head. There was another room and a trailer that were also filled with dogs living in filthy, squalid conditions.
As she began cleaning, Tiffany noticed a shi-tzu dog that could not stand. The puppy had no energy. When Tiffany told "Jennifer", her supervisor, about the dog, Jennifer said she knew about the dog, that it had been that way for a few days. Jennifer said "it costs too much" to take the little dog to the vet. So the puppy was left to suffer.
Tiffany took the little shi-tzu home and fed him throughout the night. She also decided she must do something about this puppy mill. But, Tiffany explained in her complaint, "I had not seen the worst part."
The next day Tiffany saw a little puppy almost dead in its cage. She picked up the little guy, but he was not responsive to her efforts to revive him. Jennifer once again refused to get vet care because of the cost. Tiffany asked if they could at least humanely euthanize him. Jennifer responded, "We don't want to do that either...because if he makes it, we will sell him."
Then Tiffany was driven to an area with rows of pit bulls that had no food or water. Their kennels were muddy, filled with waste. The dogs had open sores all over their bodies.
Tiffany saw a 6x6 cage filled with 10-20 dogs suffering from illness and open wounds.
Tiffany also saw horses that were starving. She could count their ribs.
Tiffany quit the $6.00 per hour job and filed her complaint. She still has the shi-tzu puppy.
After Tiffany filed her Complaint, the mill was raided by the State Department of Agriculture and Jackson County Animal Control. Authorities found dogs that were starving, sick and suffering from sores and injuries. One dog was dead in his cage. A team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians have examined the dogs.
The four puppy mill operators, owners Ronnie and Marie Hughes, Jennifer Hughes, and Brandy Stone, each face 5 felony and 55 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Jennifer and Brandy were jailed this past week but released on $35,000 bond each. - (Source)
You can choose to close one eye and walk away or you can choose to join my fight against the puppy mills and make a difference... *Ps. Drop me a note if you support my project so I could link you up.