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National Puppy Day is March 23, 2013National Puppy Day Turns 8 Years Old On March 23rd!

National Puppy Day, celebrated each March 23rd, pays tribute to the unconditional love we each hold for puppies.  But even more significantly, National Puppy Day was designed to help bring awareness to the horrors of puppy mills and the plight of orphaned puppies all over the world, as well as bring about a nation of puppy-free pet stores.  Seems like that last goal is coming along nicely here in Los Angeles with Burbank joining LA recently in banning the retail sale of pets.  Yay!!

According to Colleen Paige, Animal Behaviorist, Author and Founder of National Puppy Day, there are approximately 8-10,000 puppy mills in the United States.  This number is so large because of the pet stores that sell puppies.  No puppies sold in retails stores = no more puppy mills.

What's wrong with puppy mills?  Where do I begin?  The problem with puppy mills is the owners don't consider the dogs in their possession to be living things…they're just a means to make money  The animals live in cramped cages with no room to move.  They live in complete filth and squalor.  Most puppies are in poor health and never receive any health care.  The puppies are ripped from their mothers too soon, causing socialization problems which results in many dogs being abandoned at animal shelters.  Female dogs are bred and bred until they're basically "used up" and then discarded (either abandoned or killed).

Puppy mills are the #1 reason there is an overpopulation of dogs in the U.S. If you're looking for a dog, look to your local animal shelter, even if you're looking for purebred puppies.  There are always purebred puppies and young adult dogs at shelters or breed-specific rescues that are looking for their forever home.  Try looking on PetFinder to see what's available in your area.   National Puppy Day encourages you to ALWAYS consider adoption first.