How to Support HSUS's Big Fight Against Puppy Mills

According to research by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) in 2019, 68% of U.S. households have some sort of pet.A That number just demonstrates how much we love and support our pets. It’s no wonder then that many pet owners across the country choose to celebrate National Pet Month each May to demonstrate how much they appreciate their pets and to raise awareness on animal and pet issues.

Learn how you can support animal welfare here.

What is National Pet Month?

National Pet Month is observed every May and aims to honor the joy and love that pets bring into our lives. It’s a month in which animal lovers promote pet ownership and pet adoption.

To participate during National Pet Month, there are several actions you can take. Volunteering at your local animal shelter is one of the best ways to get involved. Alternatively, you can also raise awareness of responsible pet ownership by sharing appropriate educational content through your social media platforms, signing pet welfare petitions, and more. Sharing information about animal rights issues is also a great way to raise awareness during National Pet Month.

Who is The Humane Society of the United States?

Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the welfare of animals and fights against animal cruelty. Some of the organization’s major campaigns target ending animal blood sports and animal cosmetic testing.

The Devastating Puppy Mill Industry

During National Pet Month, we’re spotlighting the work HSUS is doing to stop puppy mills. According to HSUS, a puppy mill is an “inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers.” It’s estimated that there are over 10,000 puppy mills across the United States, and roughly 2 million puppies are sold from puppy mills each year.B

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How you can support Humane Society of the United States’ big fight to stop puppy mills:

According to the HSUS, there are several ways you can support HSUS’s fight to stop puppy mills and support animal welfare during National Pet Month and anytime. The best way is to ensure that you are taking the precautions to adopt a puppy from a reputable shelter or responsible breeder. Avoid purchasing puppies from pet stories, as most pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills. You should also look out for puppy millers that pose as “small family breeders” via online ads or websites.

To spread awareness and support the efforts against puppy mills, contact your federal legislators about the issue of puppy mills. You can also:

The Humane Society of the United States works to improve the lives of all animals. Learn more about all their big fights on their website.

Chip in for Animals at No Additional Cost to You

You can also choose to contribute to The Humane Society by opening a Flare Account®1 and choosing the Humane Society of the United States Debit Card. When you make purchases with the card, a donation is made to HSUS at no additional cost to you.2 This is an excellent way to support HSUS, and most importantly, make a difference in a pet’s life.

What is a Flare Account Charity Debit Card?

The Flare Account is a convenient alternative to most bank accounts. With this account, you’ll have access to many of the same benefits you would with other banks, including the option to set up Direct Deposit for your paycheck, access to your account through a mobile app,3 and more.

With a Flare Account Charity Debit Card, you get all these benefits, plus the ability to donate to the charity of your choice. If you choose the Flare Account The Humane Society of the United States Debit Card, you’ll be able to contribute to the work HSUS does with no additional effort needed. When you make a purchase, we separately make a donation to help fund the charity’s work. You don’t have to worry about being charged extra to make a donation, either.

When you chip in, you help ensure no animal is left out.

Apply for a Flare Account and choose The Humane Society of the United States Debit Card.

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