Fighting Puppy Mills With a Concert at Brookdale Park


United Against Puppy Mills (UAPM) will present a free Puppy Mill Awareness Concert, Sound for the Hounds, on Saturday, September 10, in Brookdale Park. This event will be specifically geared toward raising awareness about puppy mills and enlightening the public about how to put an end to the industry.

The concert will take place rain or shine and furry friends are welcome, too.

Featured will be artist Cindy Bradley (pictured), awarded Best New Jazz Artist 2011 and Brass Player of the Year 2011 at the Oasis Jazz Awards.

The event will also feature a Dog Look-a-Like Contest, sponsored by Rescue Ink; door prizes awarded throughout the day; rescue groups representing many different dogs breeds; vendors; and food. There will also be a drawing for an auitographed Neil Diamond “No Puppy Mills” T-shirt.

Here is the full schedule for Sound for the Hounds.

Some facts about puppy mill owners:

They usually have several breeds of dogs for sale, keep a lot of dogs, and always have a lot of puppies.

They often offer to ship dogs to new owners.

They sell puppies over the Internet and in pet stores.

They do not require an application or references from people buying a puppy.

They usually will not allow customers to view their property or kennel.

They don’t ask buyers to return the dog or contact them if the owners cannot keep the dog.

They do not typically screen dogs for genetic defects.

Simply put, if you don’t see the puppy’s mom, don’t buy the puppy.

Photo: United Against Puppy Mills brochure.


  1. One seldom, if ever, sees a puppy’s mom at a shelter. Does this mean that one should not adopt a puppy from one of these places either?

  2. Wow -ROC care to provide a list of these human mills you speak of? Or will this be another direct question you hem and haw about without being to answer? Or are you waiting for Rush to tell you where they are – disguised as medical clinics and funded entirely out of your tax dollars?

    “A woman’s health decisions are a private matter between her priest and her husband.” – Stephen Colbert (this quote always cracks me up)

  3. The owners of puppy mills have one goal in common: Making money. They care little, if any, for the welfare of the animals. My personal philosophy is that it’s best to adopt from a shelter and that cats and dogs should not be sold in pet stores. If you insist on having a purebred, then visit a reputable breeder. There’s a lot more involved in dog breeding than putting a male and female dog together. A reputable breeder is extremely knowledgeable about the breed her or she specializes in and that includes genetic diseases common to that breed (usually due to overbreeding from the same genetic line). A good breeder will know how to avoid that.

    Also, a reputable breeder will not crowd puppies in cages, will make sure they have adequate food and water, make sure they are well protected from the elements, and have proper veterinary care. They will NEVER sell to people sight unseen, over the phone of the Internet. Potential buyers will be screened and will be required to fill out the necessary forms to insure they have the animal’s best interest at heart.

    Their operation will also be open to the public for tours.

    Also, I am not quite getting the comparison between puppies already born and unborn babies.

  4. It is unfortunate that the descriptors focused on how to identify a likely puppy mill owner and did not cite facts on how puppy mill dogs live and die. I sincerely hope you have an opportunity to do your own research and come to a position on this issue. Maybe time will permit you to attend and get one point of view. I just don’t think ambivalence suits you.

  5. I’m confused. “Puppy mills” create puppies, while human abortion mills abort potential humans. If creation and killing are considered “opposites”, then aren’t the stances questioned by ROC consistent?

    Unless the comparison is supposed to associate puppy mills to overpopulation and potentially neglected puppies and general killing of those dogs.

  6. ROC,
    If you have 20 minutes Saturday, Bill Smith is one of the featured speakers scheduled to speak at 12:50. Hopefully, he will entertain questions from the audience.

  7. Puppy mills are horrible places! They keep the dogs in horrible conditions and continually breed dogs until it is no longer capable. Then they are killed or discarded.

  8. Breedimg should be banned. Too many animals die in shelters for other reason than the fact that there are too many. The only way to stop that pattern is to stop dogs and cats from being born.

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