We at Saving Animals During Disasters would like to offer community information,
as well as important tips for pet care and disaster preparation.
What is a puppy mill?
A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with profit as the central motivation and little to no concern for animal welfare.
The dogs in puppy mills are often underfed, have matted, filthy hair, rotting teeth and painful ulcers. The dogs are typically de-barked by kennel owners who jam a metal rod down the dog’s throat to rupture its vocal cords. This “practice” results in broken jaws that are never treated.
Female dogs are usually bred as soon as they come into heat and are bred every heat cycle. They are bred until they can no longer produce, and then are killed.
How can you help?
First, don’t buy your pets from pet stores. Approximately 98% of their puppies are bred in puppy mills. Adopt shelter animals when possible and if buying a puppy always research where your puppy is coming from.
If you spot a puppy mill, take notes of your general observations and report to local authorities, local humane societies and health departments. All it takes is your complaint.
Please visit www.prisonersofgreed.com for more information.
Saving Animals During Disasters offers the following services to help rescue efforts and to provide for abused, neglected and homeless animals. All of these services could not be achieved without invaluable volunteer support and donations.
• Disaster Trailer – Run Disaster Transport Network –
Through your generosity we have created a state of the art mobile care unit which enables animal advocates to provide the very best care in disaster situations. Our trailer transports vital supplies (such as medicine, bedding and food) to safe-centers set up for animal rescue.
• Children’s Education Program –
We visit schools to talk about animal care and safety.
• Spay / Neuter Clinic –
We operate a spay/neuter clinic for cats in our local area.
• Community Awareness Billboard –
We use this billboard to help make the community aware of important issues.
• Thrift Store –
Coming soon in Spring 2012!
If you are facing a major weather event or an evacuation, a pet disaster kit should include the following:
1. A three-day supply of food and drinking water, as well as bowls, cat litter and a container to be used as a litter box.
2. Current photos and descriptions of pets.
3. Up-to-date identification, including an additional tag with the phone number of someone out of the area in the event the pet becomes lost. (It is best to have your pets microchipped if at all possible.)
4. Medications, medical records and a first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.
5. Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pet for several hours or even days.