Sadly the family moved out of our area, but kept in touch until we were informed that she died a couple of years later. Lily was one of the lucky ones. She made it out of her prison and was given a chance. She absolutely adored her saviors and her loyalty knew no bounds.
So how can we put an end to puppy mills? NEVER buy a puppy/dog from an online or newspaper or advertisement. Do NOT buy from a pet store and if you suspect that a neighbor, or someone you know is involved in the puppy mill trade, report them immediately to the RSPCA.
The only real way to shut down puppy mills is to stop the demand. Did you know that virtually every breed has a rescue, so if you really must have a pure bred puppy or dog, contact the Kennel Club, who will direct you to the right organisation.
These societies are completely dedicated to re-homing pedigree dogs and by adopting this way, you are quite literally saving lives. For every empty kennel in rescue, or with a foster carer, there is another dog waiting to be re-homed.
I also find it extremely frustrating that some people see adoption centres as full of problematic dogs. Pets in rescue should never be tainted, as those with behavioural problems! Let me assure you that this is largely untrue!
Nearly 45% of our clients have pets adopted from shelters and not one has proved problematic to our pet sitters. In fact, they are loving, faithful and devoted to their owners and form close bonds with their sitters.
We have also helped to re-home clients pets, who have been the result of a marriage breakup, where clients have moved out of the country and been unable to take their pets with them, or a change in circumstances which has seen them unable to continue care for their animals, so please do not attach a stigma to pets that end up in rescue.
Far from being unadoptable, they make the most wonderful pets and a good rescue organisation will temperament test and offer training were necessary. They will also be fully assessed, health checked, micro chipped and spayed or castrated before going out into their new home, so please give them a chance.