From the Susquehanna SPCA:
As the season changes from summer to fall, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) is calling on the public to help educate consumers and lobby for changes that will lead to the ‘fall. »Possible puppy mills.
“September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to remind people that there are hundreds of thousands of dogs living in cruel and inhumane conditions across the States. United, including here in our own backyard, ”said the SQSPCA. Executive Director Stacie Haynes.
A year ago, knowing that there were several such businesses in and around Otsego County, the SQSPCA launched its “PAWS Before You Pay” initiative. PAWS stands for Puppy Mill Awareness With Shelters.
Haynes was joined at last year’s PAWS press conference by Libby Post, executive director of the New York State Federation for the Protection of Animals, and Brian Shapiro, New York State director with the Humane Society of the United States. Participating shelters included the Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter, Delaware Valley Humane Society, Herkimer County Humane Society, and Superheroes in Ripped Jeans.
“It’s important that consumers have the resources to determine whether they are buying from a responsible and reputable breeder or a puppy mill,” said Haynes. “The parents of these cute little puppies you watch online are most likely living in the dark in a tiny wire cage, with little human contact, receiving inadequate food, water, exercise and veterinary care. . ”
The standards of care for licensed puppy mills are notoriously low and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is understaffed, making federal enforcement the best it can be, said Haynes.
To help raise awareness of these deplorable conditions and educate consumers, throughout next week – September 28 to October 2 – the SQSPCA is organizing a special “Fall of Puppy Mills” information event. Visitors to the shelter who learn about the PAWS Before You Pay initiative will receive a free PAWS Before You Pay sticker and a free pumpkin while supplies last.
The pumpkins, a nod to fall and representative of the “Fall of Puppy Mills” message, are compliments of Middlefield Orchard.
“Come in and speak with our staff. We can provide information and resources on how to find a responsible dog breeder and how you can help stop puppy mills, ”said Haynes.
“Sure, we hope you might consider adopting from a shelter or rescue. But if not, we can point you in the right direction and give you the tools you need to recognize a puppy mill from a puppy mill. reputable breeder. We can also help you become a voice for dogs confined to those puppy mills who are unable to speak for themselves, ”added Haynes.
The SQSPCA is located at 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown. Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments to meet the animals are recommended, to avoid waiting times, but walk-ins are also welcome. To see the animals available or to make a donation, visit www.sqspca.org.