From the team that brings you all of the latest puppy mill and pet store research, comes our newest project:
Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills- The Podcast.
This new podcast allows our team to go in-depth on the various facets of the puppy mill industry, the issues that advocates across the country face, as well as interviews with industry experts as we all work together to create lasting change for the animals trapped in commercial breeding facilities.
Your Podcast Hosts are: Ashly Dale from our Washington Team, Nicole Galvan from our Arizona Team and Mindi Callison, Bailing Out Benji’s Founder and Executive Director.
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All available episodes are listed below
Episode 18: Compassion Fatigue
This week we sat down with Hilary Hager of the Humane Society of the United States and got real about compassion fatigue!
Compassion fatigue effects all of us at some time or another. After all, there is only so much we can endure, especially when we take on the suffering of others time and time again. Eventually, we all need a break to recharge in order to be more effective for the animals who “would never ask us to suffer on their behalf.” Tune in to learn more about compassion fatigue and how you can avoid it and be your best self for the animals who need you most!
Episode 17: Pet Store Preemption Laws
Episode 16: Puppy Laundering and Sham Rescues
With “humane ordinances” passing in cities and states across the country, the puppy mill industry has learned to exploit all the loopholes in order to continue operating in places where puppy mill puppy sales are banned. Find out exactly how YOU can avoid giving your money to the puppy mill industry through sham rescue scams. Tune in to learn the difference between real animal rescues and puppy laundering schemes.
Episode 15: Small Animal Mills
Join us this week to learn how small animals are adversely affected by being raised in large-scale commercial breeding facilities and then sold as pet in pet stores just like puppy mill dogs. We often talk about companion animals in puppy and kitten mills, but other domesticated animals are exploited by the commercial breeding industry and sold to unsuspecting and naive customers as well. Our special guest, Lorianne Kloss of Red Door Animal Shelter, teaches us all about rabbit rescue. Did you know rabbits are the 3rd most surrendered animal in shelters across the country? Tune in to learn more!
Episode 14: Humane Ordinances
Marc Ayers, HSUS Illinois State Director, is our special guest this week and he happens to be one of the most successful advocates in the country when it comes to passing Humane Ordinances.
Learn how to start the process of banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in your town and become inspired to create lasting change for the dogs trapped in puppy mills!
Episode 13: Advocating for Change- Lobbying 101
Why are politics sometimes a brick wall for puppy mill dogs?
Tune in to this week’s episode to learn how to #EndPuppyMills by breaking through that brick wall and lobbying for humane laws in your city, county, state, or even the U.S. Capitol!
This week we sit down with Amy Jesse, the Puppy Mills Policy Director at the Humane Society of the United States.
Find out how YOU can change the laws to help the dogs trapped in puppy mills.
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Episode 12: The Internet: A Puppy Mill’s Best Friend
Tune in to this week’s episode to learn how puppy mills hide behind websites with cute puppy pictures and videos of dogs frolicking through grassy fields while hundreds of their breeding dogs suffer site-unseen. We list the red flags to watch out for on the major puppy-selling websites and educate about how to avoid getting fooled by puppy mills online.
Episode 11: Interview with Rory Kress, Author of ‘The Doggie in the Window’
If someone wanted to become an expert on puppy mills overnight there is one book we would recommend, and that book is The Doggie in the Window by Rory Kress! Every animal advocate should tune in to this incredible interview as Rory discusses how she learned about puppy mills after buying a puppy from a pet store. Discover how her dog, Izzie, ended up changing the direction of her life and made her into one of the most thought-provoking and investigative advocates against the puppy mill industry. From investigative journalist to animal advocate to future attorney for the animals! Rory Kress is one of the most knowledgeable educators on the topic of puppy mills, commercial breeding dog behavior, the USDA, and the Animal Welfare Act.
Episode 10: Ask Benji!
You asked and we answered! This week’s episode invited our listeners to ask their own questions about the puppy mill industry and we answered them. Tune in to learn who Benji is! Also, listen to us discuss puppy mill law enforcement, dog auctions, social media, other animal mills, and what YOU can do to help us #EndPuppyMills!
Episode 9: The Puppy Mill Express
In this episode we take a deep-dive into the transport companies who make big money off of transporting sick puppies from puppy mills to pet stores across the country.
Episode 8: Don’t Doodle with puppy mills
Do reputable breeders exist? How do you find a reputable breeder? What are the red flags that you’re dealing with a puppy mill? Can I get a Doodle breed from a reputable breeder?
Episode 7: Show Me The Mommy
Christmas is puppy buying season! Every year around this time our inbox is full of messages from people who bought sick puppies from puppy mills via pet stores or online websites. Tune in to learn the red flags BEFORE you buy!
Episode 6: A License for Cruelty
Puppy mills are legal and many of them are licensed by the USDA. Tune in to learn how the USDA fails to be effective in regulating puppy mills and how YOU can help us change that!
Episode 5: A Warehouse of Dogs
In this episode we talk about how lucrative the puppy mill industry can be to the dealers who act as middlemen between pet stores and puppy mills. This big business dog broker industry is rarely discussed, yet comes with its own dose of cruelty and opportunity for spreading disease to puppies and the public at large.
Episode 4: Pet Store Employees Tell All
Join us as we interview 3 former pet store employees who worked at 3 different pet stores in 3 different states selling puppy mill puppies. Learn the truth about how these stores exploit the animals in their care.
Episode 3: The Pet Store/Puppy Mill Connection
We don’t just say pet store puppies come from puppy mills, we prove it! Listen and learn how we connect pet stores across the country to the puppy mills they use.
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Episode 2: Puppy Mills 101
Join Nicole and Mindi as you learn how puppy mills operate and, more importantly, how to avoid them! To learn more about puppy mills, click here.
Episode 1: Introduction to “Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills”
Welcome to Bailing Out Benji’s first Podcast! Learn how we got started on our journeys to become leaders and advocates for dogs trapped in puppy mills.
Tune in to learn how you can join us in the fight to #EndPuppyMills!