Thank you for visiting the Golden Retriever Puppy Mill Rescue Team
website which is devoted to rescuing Goldens from puppy mills and a life
of living hell.
The Golden Retriever Puppy Mill Rescue Team (GRPMRT) has grown from a
small beginning in 1999 as the idea of one committed Golden rescuer in
Oklahoma, to a nationwide effort today involving hundreds of individuals
and numerous Golden Retriever Rescues who have saved over 500 Golden
Retrievers from puppy mills in the central U.S.
WHAT IS A PUPPY MILL?
Although there are a number of ways to evaluate whether an operation
could be classified as a puppy mill, here are some key elements that
most would agree describe a mill.
• A relatively large “commercial breeding” facility, usually with dozens
or hundreds of dogs, typically of many different breeds.
• The females are bred from their first heat cycle at six months until
they are too old to produce healthy puppies, frequently seven to nine
years of age.
• Dogs are housed in indoor or outdoor cages or runs for their entire
lives with no socialization and minimal interaction with humans.
• The breeder typically sells their puppies to an intermediate “third
party” such as a broker or pet store rather than directly to a family.
• When not sold to an intermediary, puppies are offered for sale over
the internet and shipped to unsuspecting families.
• The breeder is focused on profit rather than to the betterment of the
• Animals in these commercial facilities are considered as a “cash
crop,” no different than cattle, hogs, corn, or wheat.
• Very little attention is paid to the fact that dogs have been bred to
be domesticated pet companions with emotional needs beyond the basic
survival needs of food, water, and shelter.
PUPPY MILLS & PET STORES
“How much is that doggie in the window,” was the start to a popular song
many years ago. Today, almost all puppies and kittens found in chain
commercial pet stores come from puppy mills. The commercial breeder’s
goal is to get the puppies out of the kennel as quickly as possible (to
reduce their costs) so they frequently sell the puppies to a “broker”
who then transports the puppies across country and sells them to pet
One of the ways to help put the millers out of business is to educate
people about this connection between puppy mills and pet stores and tell
them to never buy a puppy or kitten from such a place. This is not to be
confused with the laudable efforts of companies like PetSmart, PETCO,
and others who work with local Rescue groups and provide space in their
stores so the Rescues can adopt out their many dogs in need of good
When millers choose to get out of the commercial breeding business, or
to stop breeding a specific breed, they will typically put those dogs up
for auction, either as part of a complete kennel closure sale, or will
send their close out breeds to an auction house. Until Rescues learned
about these auctions, the only attendees were other puppy millers who
purchased the dogs and took them back to their own mill, thus continuing
a life of breeding and misery for those dogs.
THE PUPPY MILL RESCUE TEAM
The volunteers who started the Golden Retriever Puppy Mill Rescue Team
are blessed – or cursed with living near the heart of the Midwest puppy
mill country, an area comprised roughly of northeastern Oklahoma,
southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri, and northwestern Arkansas.
Starting in 1999, the Puppy Mill Rescue Team has sent volunteers to
numerous auctions in the Midwest and thanks to the generous donations of
so many wonderful people, has been able to purchase hundreds of Goldens
out from under the noses of the puppy millers, getting them out of this
vicious cycle – forever! There’s one thing we know for certain: the dogs
at auctions will all sell and they’ll either go home with another
miller/breeder or they’ll go home with Rescue. When they go home with
Rescue their lives change dramatically. Medical care, baths, TLC and
physical touch – often for the first time, then on to receiving Rescues
and into foster homes who have been anxiously waiting for their new
Supporters of paying money to get Goldens out of the mills say the focus
should be on the individual lives saved from a horrible existence.
Others say we are putting money back in the pockets of those same puppy
millers we detest, potentially keeping them in business. Both views are
valid, so what to do? Everything!
The Puppy Mill Rescue Team has chosen to attend auctions, bid on, and
buy as many Goldens as possible. Because if we don't go, the selling
puppy millers are going to profit from the sale of their Goldens at the
auction - to other puppy millers. If we go, the millers profit. If we
don't go, the millers profit. So we've chosen to go and change the lives
of those individual Goldens that we can rescue.
But our Golden Retriever Rescue community is so great that even those
who don't think it's a good idea to pay money to the millers are
overwhelmingly supportive of caring for and re-homing those puppy mill
Goldens. We would never have been able to rescue these hundreds of
Goldens without the many GR Rescues who have taken in these Goldens in
need. That is Golden Retriever Rescue.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Help put an end to puppy mills by educating other people about what you
have learned about puppy mills and the puppy mill pet store connection.
Refer them here to our website as well as to
You can make a donation by clicking on the Donate button, or you can
mail a check made out to GRPMRT (Golden Retriever Puppy Mill Rescue
Team) to: GRPMRT, P.O. Box 57139, Oklahoma City, OK 73157-7139. All
donations are tax deductible.
Encourage your local GR Rescue and its families to volunteer to take in
Goldens rescued from the mills. It can be a very challenging experience,
but it's extremely rewarding.
If you live in or are willing to travel to the Midwest, you might
consider attending auctions with us. We could definitely use your help!
Please feel free to contact us at,
Again, thank you for supporting Golden Retrievers in need!
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