HSI Canada is fighting puppy mills on several fronts, from conducting investigations, to rescuing dogs from cruel puppy mills, to lobbying for stronger provincial and federal laws. There is still a long way to go and we won't stop until Canada’s puppy mills are shut down for good. Join us in the fight — with your help, we will succeed
A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost.
The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.
In puppy mills, animals can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise.
Dogs have never seen sunlight or learned to walk.
Puppies in mills are found with bleeding or swollen paws, feet falling through the wire cages, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes, which often lead to blindness.
The puppy mill industry has grown exponentially in Canada and is now a multimillion dollar business in this country.
The majority of breeding females spend their entire lives in small, filthy cages without exercise, love or human contact.
They are bred continually until their tired, worn bodies finally give out and they can no longer produce enough puppies (usually at four to six years of age.) At this point, they are no longer deemed profitable and are simply killed, as are unsold male dogs.
Most puppies have, or will develop, genetic defects or other health problems sometime in their lives as a result of poor breeding practices and unsanitary conditions at the puppy mill. They often have behavioural and temperament problems as well, resulting from a complete lack of socialization with humans or other dogs.
Almost all pet store animals come from puppy mills. At time of purchase, consumers are given incorrect lineage about the dog’s health, breed, and breeder.
Most puppy mills have no veterinary care, climate control, or protection for the animals from weather (hot, cold, rain, or snow).
Puppy mills are legal in Canada. It is important that future pet owners seek rescue dogs from their local shelter or buy pets from a trusted breeder in order to put mills out of business.
Millions of dogs enter shelters every year in Canada.
Canada’s law do not adequately protect animals.
Canada Animal Criminal Code: here