Why I Would Always Adopt a Shelter Animal

By: Lisa LaFontaine

President and CEO, Washington Humane Society


Since I spend a good deal of my life advocating for the adoption of shelter and rescue animals, I was especially disappointed with Erin Auerbach's recently-published column ("Why I'd Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again") in several national news outlets.

From Rehab to Recovery: A Puppy Mill Survivor’s Incredible Journey (Part 2 of 2)

Puppy Mill Survivor

Advocates, today is No Pet Store Puppies Day. Last week, we gave you a glimpse into the process of behavioral rehabilitation for one particular dog, Dusty, who was terrified of everyone and everything after a life spent in a puppy mill. Read the rest of Dusty’s story, as told by our staff behavior experts, to see the amazing progress puppy mill survivors like him can make.

July 21 is No Pet Store Puppies Day!

No Pet Store Puppies Day, ASPCA

Thousands of dogs spend their entire lives in puppy mills—where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. They live in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions for years on end, and may suffer from behavioral, congenital and hereditary problems as a result of irresponsible breeding practices. Their puppies are sometimes sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age.

Alleged puppy mill operator gets probation for animal cruelty

Written by Lisa Roose-Church, Daily Press & Argus

July 17, 2014

A Howell Township woman described as a puppy mill operator was sentenced today in Livingston County Circuit Court.

Margaret Elaine Komorny was sentenced to five years probation for animal cruelty. The judge ordered that she also not own any animals and that she possess none either on her property or under her control, but held at another location.

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