By Melissa Devlin - Manager, Annual Donor Relations & Engagement
Thank you for your continued support of Humane Canada as we work to improve dog welfare and end puppy mills in Canada. We continue to educate the public through digital campaigns to raise awareness on puppy mills in our country. In August 2022 we kicked off our Tails of Summer campaign to raise funds and recognize that Canada still has a long way to go to improve dog welfare, including our work toward ending puppy mills.
Puppy mills are inhumane high-volume breeding facilities that put profit above welfare. We estimate that there are thousands of active inhumane breeders across Canada and research shows there are 2000 known puppy mills in Quebec alone. Many of these are located in rural areas, which are difficult for humane society or SPCA inspectors to uncover. Life in a small, cramped cage with poor sanitation and no love or attention is no life at all for these dogs. Humane Canada continues to advocate to government to tackle this issue.
Humane Canada hosted a joint meeting with Humane Societies and SPCA’s to discuss the challenges that our member shelters are facing. We are working to provide solutions to pressing issues like the alarming post pandemic trend in pet surrenders which includes an unprecedented number of dogs. Our members are overwhelmed and facing challenges in rehabilitating dogs suffering from a lack of socialization, aggression, or costly medical conditions that are likely due to poor breeding and puppy mills. These dogs need skilled support and time to work through issues, before they are ready for adoption - which can be a big challenge for many shelters with limited resources.
Humane Canada offers a “What to Know Before Getting A Dog” toolkit on our website, which highlights ways to recognize and avoid puppy mills and choose legitimate, safe breeders or adoption facilities. By educating the public about puppy mills we can help put a halt to the demand for these inhumane breeding facilities. We also continue to work collaboratively with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to reduce the impact of puppy mills and the importation of puppies from overseas.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued support of Humane Canada, we truly value your generous contribution and effort to raise awareness of puppy mills in Canada.
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