Puppy Mills = Puppy Cruelty

Oct 15, 2014

Innovative Research to Expose and Close Markets for Puppy Mill Operators

Thanks to your support, CFHS is currently working with Canadian politicians to advance a comprehensive dog protection bill that protects working dogs (police, military, etc...), while advocating for more effective legislation to shut down puppy mills (and keep them closed) and make all aspects of dog fighting illegal.

In order to advance our work we are launching our next strategic initiative – a comprehensive research report demonstrating the scope and scale of the puppy mill problem in Canada. But we need your help on Global Giving Bonus Day to make this happen. We need an additional $20,000 to fund the research, writing, translation and distribution of this essential report that will be the first of its kind exposing these deplorable mills that operate behind glossy websites, innocent-looking on-line classified ads, and pet store sales. We will demonstrate the abuse that happens when puppies are a profitable product and animals aren’t protected by the law. Our legislators won’t be able to continue to ignore the devastating reality of puppy mill abuse. This report will be an invaluable tool in helping us push for change to animal welfare laws by exposing and closing markets for puppy mill operators.

A quick word about us: 

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is the only national voice of Canadian animal welfare. We represent humane societies and SPCAs across the country working to build a humane Canada.

We value your support and ask that you help us today, on Global Giving Bonus Day, to achieve matching funds from Global Giving!

All the Best,



Aug 2, 2013

CFHS Puppy Mill Report and potential legislation

The current animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) are shockingly out of date.  The wording of the CCC is largely unchanged since it was written in 1892 and enacted by Queen Victoria.  The CCC affords greater protection for cattle and other working animals “kept for a lawful purpose” and as such provides almost no protection for wild or stray animals.  It is extremely difficult to prosecute cases of neglect, such as puppy mills because of paradoxical wording in which the prosecution must prove “wilful neglect”.

If nothing is done to enhance the current provisions in the CCC, dogs across Canada will continue to be exploited for profit with little to no protection under the law.

As the foundation for future advocacy activities to enhance the CCC, the CFHS will to create a ‘snapshot’ report on the Canadian puppy mill industry to help Canadians (public and politicians) better understand the scope and scale of this deplorable problem. As the basis of the CFHS Puppy Mill Report the CFHS will quantify the number of puppy mill dogs that are being sold on-line, identify where there are bans on the selling of dogs in pet stores, provide an overview of existing online restrictions and present a collection of case studies on what is currently being done to combat puppy mills across the country. 

The research and findings presented through the CFHS Puppy Mill Report will be used to advocate for the modernization of the current animal cruelty provisions of the CCC so that enforcement officers and prosecutors have the laws they need to convict puppy mill operators of cruelty and put them out of business. Enhanced protection through the CCC will result in more puppy mill seizures and convictions under the CCC

Example: a 2011 puppy mill raid resulted in the rescue of 500+ dogs from a Quebec breeding facility.  The owners pleaded guilty to just 17 charges of animal cruelty and were subjected to a court ordered ban on operating a kennel for 2-years.  It’s likely that they will be back in business shortly.

The CFHS Puppy Mill Report will be the first of its kind in Canada to quantify the scope and impact of Canada’s puppy mill industry.  Therefore, it will be the ‘go-to’ research document for animal welfare organizations and government to rely on when making decisions about policy and legislation.  

This report will impact the lives of all vulnerable dogs stuck in Canadian puppy mills while making Canada a more humane place to live for all Canadians.  

Feb 27, 2013

Shutting down more puppy mills in Canada

Thank you for your support!  With your financial contributions we can make 2013 a banner year in the fight to eliminate the market for puppy mills.  To support our groundbreaking Finding Fido program, the CFHS is launching the Choose Adoption campaign.  This national campaign will decrease euthanasia rates and diminish the demand for animals inhumanely raised in puppy and kitten mills.

The identifying marker of this campaign will be a branded teal ribbon and will elevate the concept of pet adoption by identifying an animal and/or its human companion as being associated with the pet adoption community.  The ribbon could take many forms:  as a cloth ribbon to attach to an animal’s collar, leash or clothing, as a magnet to apply to vehicles and/or as a printed collar tag.  

As we further develop this campaign to end puppy mills across Canada, you'll see more and more information about where the ribbons will be available and what else you can do to support our work in shutting down puppy mills.

Thank you again for your passion and support.  For more information about the Choose Adoption campaign, visit:  www.FindingFido.ca

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