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The Puppy Mill Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We believe that the puppy mill industry is the largest form of animal cruelty facing companion animals. Animal cruelty is never acceptable. There are hundreds of thousands of dogs facing cruelty and suffering every day of their lives. This is animal cruelty on the largest scale. Our mission is to raise awareness and educate the public about puppy mills and their connection to puppies sold in pet stores, over the internet, and through other outlets. We educate, facilitate rescue, and advocate for change. Our goal is simple: end puppy mills. Our Vision Our vision is that The Puppy Mill Project’s educational programming and community outreach efforts will inform consumers, change perceptions, and reduce the demand for puppies sold in pet stores and over the Internet. Our legislative advocacy will result in fewer retail sales outlets for puppies bred in mills and stricter oversight of puppy mills. These efforts will contribute significantly to putting puppy mills out of business.

Target demographics: End the cruelty of puppy mills

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of dogs through our efforts, and dozens of rescues through our Millie's Mission grant program. We also educated hundreds of children and young adults through our education programs.

Geographic areas served: Illinois

Programs: educational programming and community outreach efforts to inform consumers, change perceptions, and reduce the demand for puppies sold in pet stores and over the Internet. Our legislative advocacy will result in fewer retail sales outlets for puppies bred in mills and stricter oversight of puppy mills. These efforts will contribute significantly to putting puppy mills out of business.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

We get to the root cause of why dogs end up in shelters, abusive situations, and/or hurt in many ways. We aim to eradicate the problematic but pervasive puppy mills that plague the nation. Through legislation, awareness, and education we hope to destroy the profit incentive and terrible practices supporting these mills

1 Susan B.7

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that works to educate local government officials and the public about the unspeakable cruelty that exists in puppy mills. They work to change legislation.
They also provide monetary support to animal rescue shelters who take in sick puppy mill dogs by funding medical care and give dogs a second chance at having a healthy happy life. Their work helps protect the consumer by providing information to help stop the sale of sick dogs which is heartbreaking and costly for the consumer when they purchase a dog thinking it is healthy and comes from a real breeder.

2 Sarah L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is amazing! They tirelessly work to educate the public on Puppy Mills and how you can help eradicate them. I adopted a Puppy Mill Mom(photo). She was so abused and mistreated and is blind because of what she endured in the Mill. The public needs to know where their Pet Store dogs come from so they can help stop this horrible Mill industry. That's why I have supported this group in all that they do. They are SO important to the animal community! Love them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Kerin and Dee from The Puppy Mill Project through my volunteer work with a local animal shelter. I have participated in several pet store demonstrations with The Puppy Mill Project. Through these experiences and my working relationship with Kerin I see first hand their unwavering dedication to protecting the beautiful and important lives of the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best nonprofit organizations on the planet! They educate the public about the Puppy Mill horrors, and assist with medical expenses for the Mill dogs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Puppy Mill Project does amazing things! They are wonderful at educating the public on Puppy Mills. It’s special to me because my dog Brandi was rescued after a puppy mill dumped her for not producing a litter. She was in bad shape, severely underweight, scared of human contact and injured. Today she is a happy healthy dog loving a great life but others are still being neglected in Puppy Mills.

2 Carla H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first heard about The Puppy Mill Project several years ago. It wasn't until we adopted our dog that we found out his mom was a puppy mill mother, and learned about the horrible and cruel treatment of dogs in the mills at the hands of greedy for-profit breeders. Ever since I have volunteered with this wonderful organization and its dedicated advocates to educate the public about where the majority of pet store puppies come from, and to end puppy mills.

2 Dee S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member and Co-Chair of The Education Committee, we have educated over 2500 students and adults on the direct connection between puppy mill cruelty, and pet stores that sell puppies, Internet sales, farmers markets, news paper ads and even sales out of vehicles. We spend over an hour a session giving age appropriate presentations with interactive exercises followed by a question and answer session. We help students with school assignments and provide them with handout materials. We recently completed out TPMP Education Kit which can be ordered through our website www.thepuppymillproject.org
The Education Kit contains a flash drive with our presentations, explanations of our exercises, a hard copy of Ruby’s Story, along with a coloring book, and a soft copy. There are blue bands with our motto, “It’s Not Cool To Be Cruel” and some tri-folds with information on puppy mills. https://www.thepuppymillproject.org/?s=Education+kit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My rescue border collie Scottie and I are passionate about The Puppy Mill Project's message of Adopt, Don't Shop. We know there are so many wonderful dogs waiting at shelters and rescues. Pet shops must stop selling puppy mill dogs which only perpetuates the awful cruelty that the breeding dogs endure.
We fully support TPMP's goal of educating the public and join them in spreading the word about adoption.

3 Danielle J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Puppy Mill Project graciously took me in as I was starting a Petition to require Petland to offer Rescues. The girls that helped me with some information on what I needed to do to make my petition more suitable helped me so much! They're still helping me as my petition hasn't been taken to the city yet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They give a voice to the dogs in the puppy mills. They work to stop the sale of puppies bred and born in these despicable puppy mills. They educate the public on the mills and support the adoption of rescue dogs and cats and also adoption of pets from animal control facilities!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I learned that Naperville, I l was the "puppy mill outlet capital" , I was horrified and wanted to change that dubious title. Having no idea how to get humane pet store legislation passed, I contacted The Puppy Mill Project. They helped in every way possible. They coached me on proper procedure and best practices. Representatives came to our council meetings and met with our elected officials. The Puppy Mill Project provided materials for with to educate the officials. They have been by my side every step of the way. They also educate our youth and provide grants to defray medical costs for mill survivors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

In my opinion, this is not an effective organization and I would not recommend supporting or donating to them. There are many amazing organizations out there who do real, effective work for puppy mill dogs! Although they look good on the outside, this organization is unfortunately not one of them. They are known for taking credit for others' work, treating their volunteers terribly, and being badly managed. Although this organization puts on a big show, they do not do any effective work. I highly urge you NOT to put your funds and energy towards this group. As a former volunteer of this organization who was once very involved (extremely involved with the inside operations of this organization), I speak from personal experience. Many volunteers who were deeply involved were badly treated and have now left the organization, like myself. Now a much more experienced activist and in college studying nonprofit management, I can even more clearly see how badly managed and ineffective this organization is. Please check out The Companion Animal Protection Society, which is an extremely effective organization and does REAL work for puppy mill dogs. This is all my opinion, taken from personal experience.

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terilg 11/28/2017

Very sad to see this naysayer feels the need to malign our efforts across social media, especially given no hands on experience with our organization. Instead, she seeks to promote another organization. Our work is well known by the rescues and other non profits we partner with, and by our supporters and volunteers.

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