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Huntington, WV ~ Ironton, OH ~ Ashland, KY

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In Defense Of Animals

Pet Love Shack

Looking for a particular breed of dog? Please check the shelter and breed rescue links on this page. 25-30% of shelter dogs are purebred.

Lawrence County Humane Society Ironton, OH

Dogs and Cats at Lawrence County Humane Society Louisa, KY

Mason County Animal Shelter Point Pleasant, WV

River Cities Bully Buddies Huntington, WV

Puppy Mill Video

What is the difference between a Breeder and Puppy Mills

Many of these commercial breeders have hundreds of dogs. An inspection report I received recently included a dog with a broken back who had not received vet care, and two dogs with ingrown collars. Click here to see one of his dogs that was purchased at a dog auction. Did your dog come from this breeder? PLEASE DON'T BUY WHILE MILLIONS DIE!

Headlines from the front lines

Where Your Pet Store Puppy Came From

Dog Auctions Exposed (video)

Puppy Mill Investigator's Log

HSUS Investigation into Huge Internet Puppy Broker

Mississippi Puppy Mill a Living Horror (Video)

Puppy Mills: A Side of the Amish that You Never Knew A look into the Amish dog breeding industry.

Ohio Puppy Mill Legislation

Puppy Mills: Dogs Abused for the Pet Trade


Chained Dogs Are A Danger To Children

For information on how you can help chained dogs visit

Reasons to spay and neuter your pets

Letter from a concerned citizen about baby Quaker Parrots at Petland in South Point, OH.

There are too many homeless dogs of EVERY breed. Please do not breed or buy while great dogs like these are homeless. Many will not find a home. If we stop buying, they will stop breeding. Adopt your next pet and let the breeders and pet stores know how you feel about their contribution to the pet overpopulation problem.


Put shelters and rescues out of business. Think of it this way. Your pet dog has a litter of eight puppies. You find homes for them all. Now eight dogs will be killed at your local shelter, because there are eight fewer homes to place them in. Or you buy a puppy from a pet store. There's another home gone and another homeless pet killed. There are very few legitimate reasons to breed. Five thousand pets are killed each DAY in this country.


Have your pets spayed or neutered to cut down on the abundance of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Volunteer your time at a local shelter.
Provide a foster home for an abandoned pet.
Adopt a pet and give it a good home INDOORS with you and your family. Dogs are pack animals and become very unhappy if left alone outdoors, especially on chains. The United States Department of Agriculture has stated that tethering (chaining) is cruelty to animals.
BOYCOTT PETLAND AND OTHER PET STORES THAT SELL PUPPIES AND KITTENS. Pet stores are a major source of breeding stock for backyard breeders. And the parents of those pet store puppies suffer every day of their lives to stock pet store shelves. Read this article about the sick puppies in a Petland store published on 06/07/2019
Backyard breeders are producing puppies for profit. This is selfish and irresponsible. Shelter pets are dying by the thousands every day. For every backyard bred puppy that is sold, a shelter pet will die.

Join a wonderful group of people and dedicated organizations who have come together to end the horrible business of puppymills. For more information about puppy mills click here.

County Map of Ohio

County Map of Kentucky

County Map of West Virginia

Page updated: April 11th 2024

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Pets Missing in the Tri State Area

Parrot Rescue

Puppy Mill Rescue

The Pig Who Sang To The Moon

Join the Lawrence County Humane Society Ironton, OH

If You Want To Buy A Puppy READ THIS FIRST!

Do You Know Where Your Puppies Are?

Hearts United for Animals

Ohio Puppymills Busted!

Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT), a program of the Southern Hope Humane Society, has a mission to reduce the number of animals impounded and killed in Atlanta area animal control facilities.

Pet FBI - Missing and found pets in Ohio