Help shut down puppy factories

Animals Australia estimates that about 95% of puppies sold in pet shops come from puppy factories.

Most people are aware that the majority of animals raised for the production of meat and eggs are kept in terrible conditions in factory farms. But few realise that similar facilities around Australia are keeping breeding dogs to churn out thousands of puppies every year that are sold to unwitting dog lovers.

What are puppy farms?

Puppy factories (or puppy ‘farms’) are commercial dog breeding facilities that produce the large numbers of puppies at the expense of the welfare of animals, particularly the parents. Breeding dogs are often confined in small, filthy cages for their entire productive life. Denied affection, exercise and a clean environment, dogs behavioural, social and/or physiological needs cannot be met. Dogs in these conditions frequently suffer from serious health problems, yet are left to languish without adequate veterinary treatment.

The puppies bred in these horrific conditions are supplied to pet shops and sold on internet sites. Often they have health conditions such as hip dysplasia, chronic skin conditions, overshot jaws and heart murmurs. They are also likely to have developed behavioural problems.

What are the conditions like?

No sky. No walks. No kindness. No bed. This was life for the dogs at Pyramid Hill puppy factory. Conditions in the huge windowless sheds — filled with rows of cages — reached near freezing temperatures in winter. Many rescued dogs required urgent veterinary assistance; their fur matted and stinking.

The combined efforts of Animals Australia, RSPCA Victoria and Loddon Shire Council have freed 150 dogs from this cruel facility in which they were treated like breeding machines.

Without laws to prohibit puppy factories, and with state governments failing to actively monitor and enforce basic regulations, other puppy factories just like this one continue to operate unabated throughout Australia. Their appalling conditions remain hidden from the public behind the veil of pet stores and online ads.

Our laws are failing “man’s best friend”. But you can help change that.

Don’t allow state governments to turn a blind eye to puppy factory cruelty any longer. You can use your voice to call on your MP to ensure that your state enacts laws to properly protect dogs, and that these laws are monitored and enforced.

Supporting Animals Australia

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Animals Australia as they encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

You can play an important role in stopping the senseless killing of healthy companion animals. If you’re planning to welcome a new pet into your home, find your new best friend at your local shelter or on Pet Rescue.

Support Animals Australia and tell the government to stamp out puppy factories:

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