The organization has launched a new campaign urging dog lovers to adopt from shelters and breeders

By People Staff
July 27, 2011 06:30 PM

If you had to choose between getting a dog from a pet store or a puppy mill, which would you rather have? What if you knew they were one and the same?

In a new study, the ASPCA found that 78 percent of all adults in the United States don’t know that a great number of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, and that 80 percent of adults wouldn’t buy a dog that came from a puppy mill.

The study’s results prompted the ASPCA to launch a new public-awareness campaign called No Pet Store Puppies, which prompts consumers to take an online pledge not to shop at pet stores that sell pups. The pledges will then be sent to select pet stores by the ASPCA.

“It’s hard to resist those cute little puppies in the pet store windows, but most people have no idea where they come from,” Laurie Beacham, senior director of ASPCA Strategy & Campaigns, said in a release. “We continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter or seek a responsible breeder so that the puppy mill industry becomes unsustainable.”

Read more about the ASPCA’s new campaign online at

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