In 2009, the Wisconsin State Legislature unanimously passed Act 90, a law regulating dog breeders and sellers in our state. Throughout 2010, WPMP was part of the Dog Sellers Advisory Committee which helped the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection formulate fair, enforceable Administrative rules.
Since Act 90 went into effect in June 2011, MANY breeders and sellers have been regulated and have either given up the business OR have come into compliance under ACT 90. The legislation has made a HUGE difference in the lives of thousands of dogs in Wisconsin.
But -- sadly, there are still abuses; there are still dogs needing our help. Some commerical breeders have found or created "loopholes" to evade regulation; some have even gone "underground". Some licensed breeders may only "spruce up" when an inspector is expected.
With your help, Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project will be there to continue the fight to close up those loopholes and ferret out the "underground" breeders, brokers and sellers as well as to lend our support to other critical animal issues, such as the use of dogs to hunt wolves in Wisconsin.
We regularly update our website to bring you current resources to educate, aid, and inspire you to promote solid, enforceable animal protection regulation. Our mission is to help animals live free of suffering, abuse and neglect.
How can YOU help? First of all -- If you are aware of a Wisconsin dog breeder, seller, animal shelter or rescue who may not be in compliance with Act 90, we encourage you to file a complaint (see our How To File A Complaint page for details). If you need assistance, feel free to contact us!
And please watch our Action Alerts in red at the top of this page. Together, we can continue to make positive changes for animals in Wisconsin. They are depending on us!
About the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project:
The Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit. On 1 December 2009, our decade-long dream was realized when, with his signature, Governor Doyle turned AB-250, the Dog Breeders Licensure Bill, into the ground-breaking Commercial Dog Breeders Licensure Law!.
Our goal is to offer a valuable educational resouce for:
Members of our group started working to alleviate the suffering of mill dogs in 1999 and officially organized as the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Inc., in 2004. Our mission is to educate the public about puppy mills, to prevent cruelty to animals, to foster understanding of responsible pet acquisition and ownership, and to promote adoption of homeless companion animals.
This website is dedicated to Mr. Peabody. Pea was bred and born in a Wisconsin puppy mill, and languished in a filthy cage in a Wisconsin pet store, at the mercy of neglectful and sometimes abusive sales people. Even though he finally found a loving home, there was no "happy ending." Pea suffered from poor breeding, chronic health problems, and emotional scars due to his background, for all of his six years.
It is because of Pea that the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project exists. It is because of Pea and dogs like him that Wisconsin puppy mills will someday CEASE to exist.
It's easy for people to shake their heads and murmur how terrible all this is, but it doesn't affect THEM. One of our goals is to show that the problems of pet profiteering affects EVERYBODY, one way or the other.
We also want to help people find healthy, loving, lifelong animal companions. We would prefer that everyone adopt from shelters and rescues, but also want to give you the information you need to choose a reputable breeder.
And, of course, we hope to enlist your aid in putting an end to the form of institutionalized animal cruelty known as "puppy mills."
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