Learn More About Puppy Mills

Puppy mills are breeding operations that sell through stores, swap meets and other venues. The majority of sales has migrated to the Internet with puppies peddled through venues such as eBay and Craigslist. Protected by privacy and property access laws, facilities that mass produce puppies in Hawaii also 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.

Learn About the 2011 Waimanalo Puppy Mill Case and the 2013 rescue of Pomeranians

In February 2011, 153 dogs were found in neglected and filthy conditions and were rescued from a commercial dog-breeding business. Thier family business continues to operate a local pet shop.

Take Action Now
  • Shop at pet supply stores and businesses that are committed to not selling 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.
  • If you have a complaint about a puppy purchase, Yelp! about it and contact the Better Business Bureau, State Consumer Protection Office, and other outlets.
  • Promote adoptions from shelters and rescue groups through your personal network.
  • Read survey results on statewide puppy purchases.
    Read and share this letter and.this editorial by Humane Society CEO Pam Burns.

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