by Erin Bedry – Staff Reporter
National Puppy Day is just around the corner, we must take a moment to appreciate the unconditional love that puppies give to their humans. It was founded on March 23, 2006 by Colleen Paige, an animal behaviorist and author. According to thepuppymillproject.org, puppy mills produce over 2 million puppies each year. There are not enough homes for these puppies, if the puppies are not sold, they are either euthanized by the breeder themselves or dropped off somewhere like a shelter, where an estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized each year (ASPCA).
National Puppy Day is not just a holiday to give you an excuse to post a picture of a puppy you find cute, but rather an occasion to raise awareness to the horrors that puppy mills are guilty of committing. Jenna Lacey, a freshman, recently got a puppy of her own. Her puppy “helps me when I am sad and calms me down to help me solve problems,” said Lacey. Puppies are known for always having a smile and being happy, but they are sadly not given the most humane treatment that they deserve.
“Puppy mills are dog breeding operations that put profit over the health and well-being of the dogs” (thepuppymillproject.org). Not a lot of people are aware of what puppy mills are. This is why we need a day like National Puppy Day to bring awareness to the wrongdoings of many puppy breeders and promote adopting puppies from humane places like a local, ethical breeder or the shelter. Do not just take to Instagram this 23rd and post a picture of a cute puppy, write a caption that helps promote the message National Puppy Day stands for.