Puppy Mills


A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, often in squalid conditions. Puppy mills commonly sell through internet sales, online classified ads, flea markets and pet stores. Unsuspecting buyers contribute to the problem.

Here are the facts:

Over 2000

puppy mills are estimated to be active in the province of Quebec alone.


estimate of puppies sold online or in pet stores that are coming from the cruel puppy mill trade.

527 dogs

in ONE of the largest puppy mills in Canada that were rescued by FHSI and its partners.

The Issue

Imagine your beloved dog confined in a small, filthy cage for his whole life without ever seeing the outside world, with no proper access to food and water, and without human contact and love. This is how thousands of dogs throughout the country spend their lives. They exist for the sole purpose of breeding, again and again, to produce puppies to be sold in pet stores or online, profiting the breeder. Due to poor sanitation, overbreeding and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills frequently suffer from a variety of health issues, creating heartbreaking challenges for families who should be enjoying the delights of adopting a new family member.

Unfortunately, puppy mills are all too common in Canada and it is now a multimillion-dollar industry in this country. While many are located in Quebec, puppy mills operate from coast to coast in Canada. It is believed that the vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores and online in Canada come from puppy mills.


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