Best Friends & local humane groups rescued 200 dogs from a large puppy mill in southern Virginia that was shut down by the authorities recently.
- 4,000,000~5,000,000 animals die in animal shelters every year.
(For those interested in the math, this is roughly 11,000 deaths every day.)
- 20% of all animals in shelters are pure bred – mostly from puppy mill breeders with "overstock" or poorly raised animals that are surrendered by those that buy them.
- It’s estimated that 500,000 dogs are bred in puppy mills every year.
- There are more than 6000 licensed commercial kennels in the US. (and untold number unlicensed)
A video was created to commemorate the rescue of these animals and the great work that Best Friends and other non-profit animal rescue organizations perform. Under the heading of "Putting Cruelty Out of Business", Best Friends has a campaign to help rescue and rehabilitate puppy mill dogs.
In these times of distrust & lack of accountability, if you can’t reach out to help your fellow man, try to at least find it in your heart to help those who have no one to turn to and are in dire straits through no fault of their own.
Help balance the failings of our society by helping those that not only can’t help themselves but were never there of their own accord.