They need your
protection.

They need your
protection.


 

CAPS is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from abuse in puppy mills and pet shops.

 

Learn more about
the pet shop/puppy mill
connection.

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Learn more about
the pet shop/puppy mill
connection.

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Bob Meetin

Bob Meetin

Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

Undercover Videos

Arkansas:

Illinois:

Iowa:

Larry Albrecht, Coldwater Kennel

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Kansas:

Minnesota:

Missouri:

Jenny and Barb Gabel

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Nebraska:

Ohio:

Reuben Schlabach

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Oklahoma:

Pennsylvania:

Stoney Brook Kennel

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South Dakota:

Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

Image Library


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Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

Rescue Intro

CAPS has rescued a number of puppy mills dogs during its investigations of USDA licensed facilities. We have placed most of these dogs in wonderful homes. A few older dogs are in long-term foster care, and CAPS is responsible for the cost of their care.  Read more of the stories below!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 16:30

Pet Industry Employee Relations

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Media Relations

CAPS has a targeted media relations program that exposes companion animal abuse, particularly the plight of pet shop and puppy mill dogs. We provide information and documentation on pet shops and puppy mills to print media and television news programs (national and local).

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 16:26

Consumer Assistance

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CAPS encourages consumers who purchased sick or dying puppies to contact CAPS for assistance. We have pet shop complaint forms on our website. We inform these consumers of their options, including the right to recover veterinary expenses under state lemon laws. CAPS relies on consumer information to document illnesses, veterinary expenses and names of breeders and brokers.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Rescue & Rehabilitation

CAPS rescues puppy mill dogs during our investigations of USDA licensed facilities. Many are unwanted breeding stock that are about to be destroyed - humanely or inhumanely - because breeders no longer view them as profitable. Puppy mill breeders often want to get rid of female dogs that cannot get pregnant, have difficult pregnancies or deliveries, or that don't produce large enough litters.

CAPS also investigates and rescues dogs from puppy mill auctions. Puppy mill owners often disperse an entire breed, at auction, because of declining consumer popularity. As the number of puppy mills decline, breeders who are going out of business use these events to sell their breeding stock.

CAPS rescues sick or "defective" puppies, including those that have been returned to breeders and brokers by pet shops. Many of these rescued pups are in poor health due to neglect and inadequate veterinary care. CAPS covers their veterinary costs, including spaying and neutering.

After rehabilitation, CAPS works with shelters, rescue organizations, and individuals to provide foster care and permanent homes. We also make follow up contact with the families who adopted the rescued animals.

Read stories about our successful rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Research & Investigations

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:37

Ordinances

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Pet Shop Ordinances are local government laws that crack down on pet stores selling certain companion animals: dogs, cats, and sometimes rabbits. The ultimate goal is an outright ban on the sale of animals. However, due to restrictions in some states, many municipalities cannot implement outright bans on the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. They can impose restrictions, such as allowing only the sale of cats and dogs that are older than the USDA-required age of eight weeks and banning the sale of dogs or cats from breeders who have recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violations. Restrictive type laws can also improve on existing regulations regarding pet shop care, such as requiring the disclosure of detailed records to consumers - including information about where the dogs were obtained. When strictly enforced, municipalities can fine violators.

These type of ordinances are instrumental in diminishing the retail demand for puppy and kitten mill animals. They also promote a humane model of store adoption from shelter and rescue groups. The model helps shelters, rescue organizations and the pet shops – by making adoptions more convenient and increasing the pet shop retail traffic. Ordinances also provide transparency for consumer protection. The benefits are numerous and lasting.

CAPS is the leader in the retail pet shop ban movement. Publications, such as International Business Times and Newsweek, have covered CAPS' efforts to pass municipal ordinances that ban the retail sale of pet shop puppies, kittens and sometimes rabbits. These ordinances mandate that the source of animals in pet shops be limited to shelter and rescue animals. Evidence from undercover investigations is the key to success in getting ordinances passed, especially in municipalities that have pet shops. In addition to providing extensive documentary evidence in support of ordinances, CAPS is involved in the drafting of municipal legislation, a task that takes many hours.

Read more about our legislative successes... (Link to Efforts & Accomplishments/Ordinances)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

Fast Facts

Fast Facts About CAPS

Founder:
Deborah A. Howard
Date Founded: 1992
Nonprofit Status: 501 (c)(3)
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
EIN/Tax ID #: 58-2040413
Corporate Headquarters: Cohasset, MA
Website URL: www.caps-web.org
Fom 990s and Related Finacials: Guidestar
2013 Support & Revenues: $746,743

Fast Facts About the Pet Shop/Puppy Mill connection

  • More than 90% of pet shops obtain their puppies from puppy mills.
  • Puppy Mills are defined as inhumane breeeding facilities that mass produce puppies and kittens for resale, putting profits before the health of the animals in their care.
  • Puppy Mills are regulated by the USDA who impose minimal standards of care which provides little or no concern for their well-being.
  • In 1996, the USDA enacted the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) but enforcement is is lacking.
  • Puppy Mills produce more than 2 million puppies for resale each year. Many animals suffer from congenital defects and illnesses contracted from transportation or unsanitary conditions.
  • Consumers pay the price of defective puppies from puppy mills. Puppies, costing from $500 up, have hidden costs including the high costs of Veterinary bills.
  • Distressed Pet Shop customers who can’t afford staggering veterinary bills or deal with behavioral issues may end up abandoning their animals at shelters.
  • More than 4 million shelter dogs are euthanized each year simply because there is no one to adopt them.

Fast Facts about CAPS History

When Deborah Howard witnessed the dreadful conditions at a Docktor Pet Center store in November 1989, she was appalled. The company had more than 300 franchises at that time. After learning more about the plight of the pet shop and puppy mill dogs, Ms. Howard joined forces with Robert Baker, the foremost puppy mill investigator in the country. During his 13 years as chief investigator of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Mr. Baker inspected over 700 puppy mills.

Ms. Howard, a former radio news reporter, lawyer and PR professional, formed CAPS in 1990. The nonprofit became a 501(c)(3) in 1992. As a result of CAPS' efforts, Docktor Pet Centers, Inc., which refused to do business without the sale of puppies, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February 1993.

Fast Facts about CAPS Mission

Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:34

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CompanionAnimal Protection Society

Investigating Pet Shops and Puppy Mills since 1992

759 CJC Hwy., #332
Cohasset, MA 02025
p: 339-309-0272
501 (c)(3) Tax ID#: 58-2040413


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