Since HEART began working with kids in the classroom back in 2005, we’ve been teaching youth about puppy mills. Unfamiliar with puppy mills? Think of dogs kept in tiny cages, given minimal (if any) veterinary care, in dirty and dangerous conditions for their entire lives while they produce litter after litter of puppies. Those puppies are then shipped to pet stores all across the country to be sold to the public. It’s an industry designed to make a quick buck, treating dogs as disposable products rather than as loving companions.
When it comes to cruelty and issues facing companion animals, puppy mills are one of the biggest offenders, which is why it’s a part of our core Humane Living Program. Sadly, because so many families don’t know that pet stores get their dogs from these inhumane breeding factories, many people buy puppies, unaware that they are supporting cruelty.
That’s why HEART, thanks to vital funding from the ASPCA, created this short educational video, appropriate for grades 5 and up. Using HEART’s years of experience teaching the issue in an age-appropriate fashion in the classroom, and the ASPCA’s dedicated experts from their puppy mill campaign, we designed a video that educators can use to start a discussion on puppy mills with their students.