Founder of National Anti-Puppy Mill Org on "Talking Animals"

Talking Animals Mar 27 2013 9:00AM - 10:00AM Add to Calendar

My guest on "Talking Animals" March 27 will be Deborah Howard, founder and president of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS).

Launched by Howard in 1992, CAPS is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills.

Toward that end, the scope of CAPS actions and services include addressing the suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance, and pet industry employee relations.

CAPS is unveiling its national “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" campaign, which aims to educate the public about atrocities in puppy mills, and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops supplied by these facilities. There's a parallel, if not greater, risk in buying dogs over the Internet.

We’ll likely discuss puppy mills, CAPs, the new campaign and more when Deborah Howard speaks with us live on "Talking Animals" on March 27 at 9am ET, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (



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I firmly believe that the ONLY way to put puppymills out of business is to stop the demand. The USDA and other regulatory agencies have been very ineffective in stopping the legalized cruelty that these animals suffer on a daily basis in thousands of puppymills all across this country and around the world. A strong, brutally honest educational campaign aimed at school children would go a long way toward putting an end to this with the next generation. If children from Grade School to High School are made aware of these horrors, and if they're shown that there are so many wonderful animals in shelters, I don't see how this can fail.

Thanks so much for your comment, Camille. In my on-air interview with Deborah, I'll plan to raise the notion of a campaign aimed at school children. Thanks again.

Education and awareness in any format IS the key to succeeding in this battle against animal cruelty. I believe, as well as Camille, that presenting the facts to the children of our future is critical. Children are fresh and have the ability to make informed decisions about their future choices between responsible breeders, the internet, pet stores, animal shelters and rescue organizations, BUT if only they have been exposed to the realities of these options. I speak with many adults from all over the world who prefer to turn their head, to not look at the images or to hear the stories about Puppy Mills. It seems that there is more awareness about where these puppies are being produced but there is also much confusion. The same individuals who don't want to know about the horror in a puppy mill are also proud to say that they "rescued" their new puppy from the pet store, that they know the pup is from "one of those places, but my puppy is safe and has a good home now." SUPPLY AND DEMAND without a thought of the consequence of keeping these puppy factories in business. I speak from my heart and from my own experience of adopting and caring for a puppy mill survivor for the past 4 1/2 years. This pup's second chance in life has given us the opportunity to talk about his life in the puppy mill with every single human being that we meet. A program to bring these "survivor" dogs and visual aids into the school system would be the voice for these imprisoned dogs.