What was all the excitement on Michigan Avenue Sunday afternoon? For the second straight year, animal advocates hit the Midwest's most popular shopping district to get the word out about puppy mills for National Puppy Mill Awareness Day.
Volunteers from The Puppy Mill Project and local rescues used the beautiful fall day to walk the avenue from the Chicago River to Water Tower and back with their signs to pass out information about the connection between horrors of puppy mills and the cute dogs sold in pet stores and online. Over 200 people and many puppy mill survivors showed up and hit the pavement to give a voice to the voiceless in puppy mills.
“We have come so far the past couple of years building awareness about puppy mills,” said Cari Meyers, Founder of The Puppy Mill Project to the crowd before stepping off for the march. “I would like to challenge people this year to work to make a big change. Reach out to your legislators so that we can change the laws to outlaw puppy mills and the sale of pets in pet stores.”
“If we work together, we can do this. We really need to put some teeth in the laws to take a bite out of puppy mills in Illinois,” says Mendoza, a big animal welfare supporter. For the second straight year, she lead the march down Michigan. Last year, Mendoza participated at seven months pregnant and this year, her little guy participated in the March on Michigan via stroller.
Below is a great slide show created by Nadine Rozowsky of The Puppy Mill Project from photos she took at the event. Check out the marchers of all ages and species - some dogs walking, others in strollers and wagons. By the way, I'm in a shot about 1:10 into the video in an orange vest so no one misses me. For more about puppy mills, read this article about an Iowa puppy mill that was recently shuttered, dogs in pet stores, and life after a puppy mill for a rescue dog.
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