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Iowa Puppy Mills by the Numbers

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  As an Iowan, I have always been proud to live in this state. The scenery is beautiful, and the people are amazing. I have always believed that there is no better place than here…. Since starting Bailing Out Benji in 2011, my eyes have been opened to the world of misery and torture in our own back yard. I… Read more »

#ShopSmall #ShopHumane

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    According to American Independent Business Alliance, one of the benefits of “shopping small” is that you are Maintaining Community Character. You are holding a local business accountable for the products they are buying and selling. We praise local businesses that use fair trade items and sell products that sustain third world countries, while condemning the big box stores that promote… Read more »

Don’t Buy The Lies- New Design Kennels

Hello, All! As you know, at Bailing Out Benji we are dedicated to helping puppy mill dogs in various ways…. One of which is by outing puppy mills and the pet stores they sell to. If you have been following our educational efforts at all, you will have seen that we have been protesting one pet store, Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe,… Read more »

Why Protest?

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As you all know, we are just under three months shy of our 4 year protest anniversary in front of Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe- not to mention the three other pet stores we have volunteers standing in front of. The support that we receive from the community (and social media) is overwhelmingly positive and supportive. However, we do receive some anger… Read more »

Oops… We did it again!

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Hundreds of Puppy Mills Thousands of dogs Immeasurable suffering WELCOME TO IOWA! Check out our latest bus ad that will be circling around…. DES MOINES, Iowa! DART buses drive all over the Des Moines area, and 20 other cities! Over 4.4 million people ride these buses each year! The timing of the bus ad release is strategically planned for… The… Read more »

Pets Playhouse sells Puppy Mill Puppies

Pets Playhouse 151 Jacolyn Dr. NW Cedar Rapids, Iowa  Pet store puppies are puppies mill puppies, as the saying goes. (don’t know what a puppy mill is? click here) .  According to the ASPCA, all puppies sold in pet stores MUST come from USDA licensed breeders. NEWS FLASH  That should not be a safety net. Anyone with a computer could… Read more »

What is a puppy mill?

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When you are in my position, the term “puppy mill” is one that you hear every day. Your friends use the word, your Facebook newsfeed is full of stories about puppy mills… But we often forget that the general public doesn’t always know what a puppy mill is. So we want to take the time to get back to the… Read more »

Petland has Dirty Paws

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The pet store Petland is notorious for selling puppy mill puppies. The Humane Society of the United States has done several reports and exposés on the chain store, animal welfare websites everywhere are warning people to stay away, yet still the public seems to be blissfully unaware of the truth. In Des Moines, a few years back, a local news… Read more »

Iowa Puppy Mills Filling Pet Store Cages Across the US

It is no secret that Iowa is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to the number of puppy mills. We have over 220 puppy mills and we export over 100,000 puppies across state lines annually. These puppies go to other brokers (person who makes a living buying puppies and selling them at a higher price)… Read more »

Home for the HOWL-idays

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Most of you reading this are already at your limit with animals that you are caring for, yet we are inundated every day with homeless animals (whether you see them at your rescue/shelter or all over Facebook). It seems as though we can never do enough. Well, today I am going to CHALLENGE you to do something that would give… Read more »