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.