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Scoop on Savings – National Puppy Day

Illegal puppy breeders and traders in the Netherlands and Hungary sell tens of thousands of abused and sick puppies each year to an unsuspecting public. In many cases vaccinations are not given or not given adequately. Malnutrition, dehydration, stress, unhygienic breeding and transport conditions cause many puppies to fall ill, sometimes fatally. Those surviving often suffer a lifetime of behavioral problems.

This Thursday is National Puppy Day, a special day set aside to celebrate the unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.

More importantly, it’s meant to help save puppies everywhere and to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.

According to nationalpuppyday.com, there’s approximately 8,000 to 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. This includes so-called businesses that call themselves breeders.

They’re people that purposely allow their dog to get pregnant in hopes of selling puppies through their local paper, or online.

Most animals in puppy mills live in crammed cages, with no room to move.

Many of them are sick and never get the true health care or vaccines they need.

They’re also taken away too early from their mothers, so they’re denied the basic social skills they need to behave well in a home, thus leaving many abandoned in a shelter.

I did call around to see if any of the borderland shelters are offering any specials on that day, and while there isn’t a specific National Puppy Day event, there is an adoption event happening on Thursday.

Through Thursday, March 23, the Humane Society of El Paso will have their Mutt Madness Adoption event.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., they’ll have $50 adoptions for dogs 16 weeks and older at the Humane Society headquarters off Fred Wilson.

So not only are you saving on adoption fees, but you’re also saving a life.

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