Hearts United for Animals is spreading the word - End Puppy Mills! To us it is personal. Every day we see the damage that puppy mills do. We take in the parents of those cute pet store puppies and witness first hand the tragic results of the confinement and neglect. There are as many as 10,000 puppy mills operating in the US today. The majority of them are in our own backyard, with Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska being the top puppy mill states. Many of them have hundreds of dogs confined in horrible conditions, often with the dogs living on wire floors for their entire lives, their feet never touching grass. Some have dangerous makeshift climate control, but others have none at all causing the dogs to freeze in winter and swelter in the summer. The parents of pet store puppies are confined for years with no healthcare while they are bred over and over. They arrive with hernias, mammary tumors, heart conditions and broken jaws caused from severe dental infections left untreated, as well as damaged eyes, intestinal parasites, lice, and patellas that luxate so badly that some cannot walk at all. During one recent rescue volunteers found a frog living in the fur of a little Pomeranian. She was so badly matted that her back paws got stuck in her fur and she tore her knees out of their sockets trying to free them. She required operations on both knees and is going through several weeks of recovery to be able to walk again. A sheltie who had no fur on her face, just raw infected skin, was also rescued that day. They were both recent mothers who to the breeder existed only to make puppies for profit. Hearts United for Animals has rescued over 10,000 dogs from puppy mills, each with similar stories. Our dream is that one day we will not need to exist, that puppy mills will be out of business. There is only one way to accomplish this and it is to educate the public not to ever buy from a pet store. One Omaha pet store tells the customers that the puppies come from a farm in Iowa. It is not a lie. They do. Those farms in Iowa are puppy mills and the conditions are more atrocious than the puppy buying public could ever begin to imagine. The parent dogs suffer grave physical and emotional harm. Visit our friends at Iowa Voters for Companion Animals to see those farms. The same exists in Missouri as well as Nebraska. The dogs who are rescued are very fortunate. Many times when the dogs are no longer productive they are shot, clubbed over the head or thrown in pens to starve to death. We know that this is not ok with the public, but that many don't know that these conditions exist. That's why our new billboards on I-80 and 84th St in Omaha are delivering the message to over 80,000 cars passing by each day. There is only one way to really stop puppy mills, and that is to educate the public to stop buying from pet stores. If there is no demand there will be no need for supply. You can help end puppy mills by telling your friends "Don't Shop. Adopt." Let them know why. Let them know what the parents of these pet store puppies endure. Encourage them to visit our website to learn more and read the stories of the rescued puppy mill parents for adoption at HUA.
With the help of our friends at Bozell and world famous photographer David Radler, three designs featuring HUA shelter dogs for adoption were chosen to be displayed throughtout the month of Septemeber:
Click here to donate to the campaign so that the billboards can come back in December, one of the biggest puppy buying months of the year. If you would like to bring the billboard campaign to your area please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friends at Bozell were very passionate about this project and donated weeks of their time and many resources to help us spread the word. Please drop by their Facebook page and thank them for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the dogs. To learn more about the puppy mill rescues at Hearts United for Animals please watch this special video message from James Lipton: