How You Can Help
Write your senator or representative and ask him or her to address the USDA’s failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
If your senators or representative are on agriculture committees, ask them to call for oversight hearings on APHIS/Animal Care’s failure to enforce the AWA.
Distribute CAPS’ pet shop fact sheet (“Why You Shouldn’t Buy That Puppy in the Window”) which is available on our website or from CAPS.
Ask local and national media to do stories on pet shops and commercial dog breeding/brokering facilities.
If you currently work for a pet shop or puppy mill and would like to provide information about conditions, contact CAPS. All information is confidential.
Adopt a companion animal. Every year, animal shelters destroy millions of dogs – including purebreds and puppies – and cats. PLEASE adopt a companion animal from your local shelter, humane society, rescue organization (some specialize in a particular breed) or veterinarian. In addition, many pet supply stores, such as Petsmart or Petco, sponsor adoption days.
You can also find animals to adopt at these websites: