Today is a “Day of Giving," the Humane Society of the United States’ fundraising effort to stop puppy mills.
In Indiana, there are hundreds of puppy mills with dogs forced to live their lives trapped in cages for commercial breeding, says John Goodwin with the Stop the Puppy Mills campaign.
“Indiana is definitely one of the top 10 or so states for puppy mills. The Midwest and going up through the Midwest region is where we see the states with the highest numbers of puppy mills," he says. "And from there they ship them out all over the country to pet stores, selling them to people who buy dogs over the internet—sight unseen and through various other channels.”
Every dollar raised during the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar to help stop puppy mills.
“Encourage everyone to come to the humanesociety.org and give to help fund efforts to save these dogs and get them out of these cages," Goodwin says. "And from there sign up for our lists so we can stay in touch with you and keep you involved in our efforts because the way we make change happen is coming together and working together for a good common cause like saving these dogs.”