Learn More About Puppy Mills



Puppy mills are breeding operations that sell through stores, swap meets and the Internet. Facilities that mass produce puppies in Hawaii remain hidden from public view – often on agriculture-designated lands that are exempt from a law that limits dog ownership to a maximum of 10.

In February 2011, 153 dogs were found in neglected and filthy conditions and were rescued from this commercial dog-breeding business. Learn About the 2011 Waimanalo Puppy Mill Case and more cases of irresponsible breeders.


Take Action Now
  • Shop at pet supply stores and businesses that do not sell puppies for profit.
  • Contact pet shops and encourage them to allow the Hawaiian Humane Society to inspect breeding facilities.
  • Tell your legislatorscity council member, friends and family that this issue concerns you. Post your concerns through social media sites: Twitter, Facebook and Craigslist.
  • Educate your friends and family by reading our FAQs.
  • Complain about a puppy purchase on Yelp!, to the Better Business Bureau, State Consumer Protection Office and other consumer advocacy organizations.
  • Promote adoptions from shelters and rescue groups through your personal network.

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