Mother’s Day is just around the corner and while we are all honoring our own mothers, I wanted to take a second to remind our community that there are hundreds of thousands of mama dogs trapped in puppy mills in this country. The moms and dads never get let out of their cages, they never get to sleep on soft beds, and they never get to find their forever families — unlike their puppies. The puppies are taken away too young and are shipped to pet stores in different parts of the U.S. or sold on websites that promise you a next day pet. These puppies are often very sick with genetic issues or an illness they caught from the puppy mill and require extensive vet care.
Let me introduce you to my puppy mill survivor Ricotta. Ricotta was rescued from a puppy mill last year after spending all 8 years of her life in a cage having puppies. When I started fostering her, she was afraid to be touched, afraid of grass, could not climb stairs and never laid on anything soft. When she went to lay down, she would dig at her bedding as if she needs to find a clean spot, free of the dirt she lived in before. When she has to go potty, she walks around in a circle once again as if she is trying to find the clean spot. Due to spending her life this environment, she does have some health issues. Issues she will have to deal with for the rest of her life. In spite of all this, she is the sweetest, most lovable dog. I have since fostered many of these dogs rescued from puppy mills and all they want is someone to love them, give them attention and a change to be a dog.
The parent dogs need our help now more than ever and this Mother’s Day we are asking you to take a stand against the cruel puppy mill industry; don’t buy a puppy in a pet store, and don’t buy a puppy from a website without meeting the parents. Instead, always demand #ShowMeTheMommy and meet the parents before you take home a pet. If you see something you aren’t okay with run, don’t walk the other way and report what you saw. By following these simple guidelines, you will help countless puppy mill parents around the country. If you want to know more about the puppy mills in our state, visit BailingOutBenji.com or like them on Facebook and they can help you.
And remember, there are thousands of homeless animals needing a forever family, consider adoption as your first option. Here in Newton we have a wonderful rescue, Jasper County Animal Rescue League & Humane Society. There’s no better way to honor Mom than by saving a life.