You can help dismantle the puppy factory supply chain

What’s happening?

When you walk past that pet shop in your local shopping centre, do you ever ask yourself the question ‘Where do puppies come from?’ Unfortunately, the answer in many cases is that they are from puppy mills. In puppy mills, life for the breeding dog is one filled with cruelty and depravation. The mother is locked in a cell, continually impregnated, deprived of company, exercise, affection and proper medical attention until the last day of her life. Often, these dogs are killed when their ‘productive’ days as a breeder are over.

“Puppy factory operators know that dog lovers would be horrified by the suffering that goes hand in hand with treating animals like breeding machines. Pet shop owners know this too — which is why more and more pet shops deny supporting the puppy factory trade.” – Animals Australia

What can we do?

You can make sure you never support these puppy mills by taking a few steps when you make the decision to take in a pet dog. You can consider adopting an animal from your local shelter, or save a life through Pet Rescue. If you do decide to buy a puppy from a commercial business, do your research first. Find a breeder who will allow you to visit the premises and see how the puppy’s parents live. The RSPCA’s Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide is a useful informational guide to finding your puppy.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Recent footage supplied to Animals Australia has uncovered the lies that pet shops tell to their customers about where their puppies are from.

“Information gathered reveals a number of major pet stores around Melbourne have sold dogs from this puppy factory. Online — where the puppy factory trade is booming — misleading ads in the Trading Post were also traced back to the same puppy factory.” – Animals Australia

At the moment, there are no adequate laws to protect dogs from puppy factories. The Trading Post is Australia’s largest online classifieds and holds the power to either underpin to undermine the online puppy factory. Animals Australia, with our help, is seeking to protect dogs, and to prevent puppy factories from advertising on the Trading Post website.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

How you can help

Join with Animals Australia and contact the management of the Trading Post to urge them to enact a policy to only allow ads from legitimate animal shelters:



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