Mar 5 2010

Wayside Leads the Pack in Support of Proposed Bill

You Can Save the Lives of Thousands of Dogs in Missouri!

You Can Save the Lives of Thousands of Dogs in Missouri!

Wayside Waifs has joined forces with Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and the Humane Society of the United States to clean up Missouri Puppy Mills. Wayside is in full support of the proposed Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act and is encouraging Missouri voters to visit our shelter during weekends in March to sign the official petition. This gives Missouri voters a quick and convenient way to lend their support to this important campaign.

If you are not familiar with the petition or proposed bill, here is an article written by Courtney Thomas, Director of Operations at Wayside Waifs that discusses the proposed bill and how it would impact the lives of thousands of dogs in the state of Missouri.

Being known as the puppy mill state in the nation certainly isn’t something to brag about. It is especially concerning to organizations such as Wayside Waifs, who work assiduously to promote the well-being of companion animals.  As a state, as a community, we need to stand up and shout to end the inhumane operations know as puppy mills.  Driven by money, not by care, concern and reverence for life, these heartless breeders must be held accountable for their despicable actions.

If you knew the mother of the puppy you purchased from the pet store, or online from the breeder in the newspaper was being forced to breed even though she has mammary tumors, lice, cataracts, joint problems, was blind, suffers from urine burns, has missing limbs- and the list could go on and on- would you still purchase that puppy?  Would you still look at that cute puppy’s face the same way if you knew that the parents of your pup were forced to live in crowded conditions, on a wire floor covered with fecal matter, with limited protection from the elements, with seldom reprieve between litters, and rarely having felt the hand of a human? Sadly, these conditions are the reality for thousands of puppies across the state of Missouri every day.  In addition, thousands of Missouri puppies are sold and shipped across the country every month.

Even more disheartening is the fact that many of these breeders are licensed, even though living conditions for their animals are substandard. Adequate government resources have not been allocated in a way that enables the proper monitoring and follow-up on these puppy mill breeding operations. On occasion these breeders are forced to downsize (which could take them from inventory levels in the hundreds down to maybe fifty animals), but rarely are they completely prohibited from forcing the life of misery upon animals in the future. Often the animals caught in the “downsizing efforts” end up on the auction block to be sold to other breeders with the same money-hungry mentality verses try concern for health, well-being and quality of their offspring.

The good news is there is hope! The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Humane Society of Missouri, The Humane Society of the United States and the Prevention for the Cruelty to Animals have joined forces and are spearheading efforts to get the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act placed on the November 2, 2010 ballot. However, getting the act on the ballot requires the help of Missouri voters! More than 130,000 signatures are needed from registered Missouri voters by April 27, 2010.

Staff from Wayside Waifs have been certified to collect petition signatures, and members of the public are encouraged to visit our shelter at 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO to sign the petition.

The act would require:
1. Sufficient food and clean water
2. Necessary Vet Care
3. Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements
    eliminating wire-floored cages
4. Sufficient space for dogs to turn, stretch, lie down
    and fully extend their limbs
5. Regular exercise
6. Adequate rest between breeding cycles

The entire ballot initiative can be found at 

Help Wayside Waifs collect the necessary signatures to end the suffering of dogs subject to live on one of over 1,500 puppy mills in Missouri.  No longer do we want to be the puppy mill capital of the nation currently failing the comply with Missouri laws related to animal welfare and the Animal Care Facilities Act passed in 1992.  With your help, we can become known as the state that truly cares about the welfare of our animals. 

Written by Trish Stinger, Web Marketing Manager and
Courtney Thomas, Director of Operations
at Wayside Waifs

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