I am passionate about making the world a better place for all life. My current mission as I travel around the world is to bring attention to the many changes so desperately needed for all my furry, feathered and finned friends.
HEARTS UNITED FOR ANIMALS (HUA)
The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that congress passed in 1966 outlines a bare minimum of standard care for cats and dogs and certain breeds of other animals sold commerically. One big loophole is that dogs sold through puppy mills over the Internet or directly to the public are not federally regulated at all.
The Humane Society reports that "only large-scale commercial facilities that breed or broker animals for resale—to pet stores for example—are required to be licensed and inspected by the USDA because they are considered "wholesale" operations. Those that sell directly to the public—thousands of facilities that breed and sell just as many puppies as their wholesale counterparts—are not required to adhere to the Animal Welfare Act or to any federal humane care standards." MORE INFORMATION
Don't buy puppies from pet stores unless you know first hand the source of the puppies. Visit your local animal shelters instead or personally know your breeder and the dogs' living conditions. Bear in mind, there are so many homeless dogs out there who long to be loved. AND ONE MORE THING! Pass this link on to people who care. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog and websites. Help Jasper and Chippy and his recruits get the message out. Many thanks!
Read the list of things that can be done to help stop this atrocity at HUA: http://www.hua.org/about-puppy-mills.html