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.

From Rescue to Rehab: A Puppy Mill Survivor’s Incredible Journey (Part 1 of 2)

Puppy Mill Survivor

In January, the ASPCA was called in to assist with the rescuing, sheltering and placement of more than 40 dogs from a large, substandard breeding facility in Nancy, Kentucky. The dogs were discovered in filthy, deplorable conditions, with little or no shelter from the below-freezing temperature. Many suffered from untreated medical conditions. Others were living in overcrowded conditions inside the home, without proper care or socialization.

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