Puppy Love: Ending Puppy Mills in Canada

2nd Annual Fundraising Event to take place in Toronto, May 26th

TORONTO, May 25, 2016 /CNW/ - On May 26, 2016, more than 350 Torontonians will gather for the second annual Puppy Love fundraiser.  The event will raise funds to support Friends of Humane Society International's efforts to rescue dogs from puppy mills and educate the public about responsible pet adoption.

"I saw firsthand the neglect and cruelty that dogs are subjected to in Canadian puppy mills and I decided to do something about it," said Nicole Marchand, organizer of the Puppy Love event. "My goal is to motivate my community to stand with animal protection groups and make puppy mills history."

"Puppy mills are mass breeding facilities that put profits before animal welfare," said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Friends of HSI.  "In recent years, HSI has rescued more than 1500 dogs from severe neglect in puppy mills. Puppy Love will raise much needed funding to help us continue this vital work and give deserving dogs a desperately needed second chance." 

"Canada needs modern animal protection laws that will help put puppy mills out of business. I recently introduced a Private Members Bills to bring Canadian standards into line with those of other developed nations," said MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.  "The simple fact is we need better laws to reflect Canadian values and stop this kind of cruelty."

The puppy mill industry has grown exponentially in Canada and is a multimillion-dollar business in this country.  Puppy mills sell their dogs to unsuspecting consumers through pet stores, online and in newspapers.  Because of the substandard conditions they are bred in, puppy mill dogs often suffer from genetic deficiencies and illness that cost their owners vast amounts of money and heartbreak.

Puppy Love is almost sold out.  So far, it has raised $20,000 to help HSI end puppy mills in Canada.

What: Puppy Love, a fundraising event to stop puppy mills

Where: Early Mercy 540 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1M3

When: 6 - 10 PM


SOURCE Puppy Love

For further information: Nicole Marchand, nicole@nm-ir.com, 416-428-3533

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