The Puppy Mill Project will continue its annual tradition this weekend of honoring mother dogs left behind in puppy mills at the Mothers in the Mills Benefit. This year’s event will be at John Barleycorn’s in River North at 149 West Kinzie starting at 6:30. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds to help educate more consumers about puppy mills.
"The reason we have chosen to have our main fundraiser, the Mothers in the Mills, on the Saturday night before Mother's Day is to remind people never to forget the mothers still sitting in cages in the mills,” says Cari Meyers, founder of the organization.
“We never want anyone to forget the horrible animal cruelty going on every minute of every day in those mills that really targets the breeding mothers most of all. They are forced to breed and breed until they die or are killed because they can breed no longer.”
This year’s Mothers in the Mills event will honor Sonja Raymond and her family. They own Chicago’s oldest pet store Collar & Leash that became the first store in the city to stop selling puppies and kittens and started hosting adoption events. The first adoption events were held in early April. Collar & Leash is the third Chicago-area pet store to move to a humane model with the help of The Puppy Mill Project.
“We have been working with pet stores for them to go humane – to stop selling dogs and opting to adopt out instead. It is a big leap of faith for store owners to make this change and learn a new way of doing business,” says Meyers. “We are hoping to work with more store owners this year to make the change.”
The event will feature music from “Out of Control” and lots of very great auction items. Live auction items at Mothers in the Mills include three nights at Beaver Creek, Colorado for skiing fans and two nights at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. The cover of the annual calendar for The Puppy Mill Project is also up for auction.
The silent auction has some very cool items for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Those items include:
- A signed Patrick Kane Jersey
- A Blackhawks Jersey signed by the team
- A signed Robbie Gould football
- A signed Julius Peppers helmet
- A Sonoma wine basket
- Three days use of a new 350 Mercedes
- And, a chance for your pet to be star of the month on next years annual Calendar.
WGN TV's Steve Sanders will be the host for the evening. Tickets are $100 in advance and available online. Tickets are $125 the night of the event and it includes a buffet dinner, drinks and more. This year’s Mothers in the Mills event is sponsored by The Bissell Pet Foundation, PMR, Rescue ME Clifford and Tails Magazine.
The Puppy Mill Project is an advocacy organization that works to educate consumers about the connection between puppy mills and the pet stores and Internet sites that sell pets. Approximately 99 percent of the pets sold in pet stores and online come from puppy mills which are mass commercial breeding operations. (Learn more about the group’s work here.) Learn more about The Puppy Mill Project online and follow them on Facebook.
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