COVID-19 effects on puppy mill dogs and our mission

How is COVID-19 effecting puppy mill dogs and our mission?

To start, our team would like to provide you with some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. 

How does COVID-19 effect puppy mill dogs?

  • “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.”
  • “CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.”
  • “At this time, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.”
  • “There is no reason to think that any animals, including shelter pets, in the United States might be a source of COVID-19.”

With what has been released by the CDC, we do not have a fear of puppy mill dogs being infected with COVID-19 or dogs being capable spread the virus. 

How does COVID-19 impact the Puppy Mill Rescue Team?

The mission of the Puppy Mill Rescue Team is to rescue discarded dogs and puppies from puppy mills, and place them with ethical rescues. Each one of the steps we take is affected by the stay-in-place orders we see in many states we operate in.

The first step that effected is the actual rescue from the mill. Many of the people who help with this step are veterinarians. With the stay-in-place orders, veterinarians are unable to operate except for emergencies. Some volunteers also help with rescues, but they run into a problem at the next step, vetting.

The next step in the process of the mission is getting the dogs vetted. This includes the vital step of getting them a rabies shot and a health certificate. And as you can guess, the veterinarians cannot currently do those.

Without a rabies shot or healthy certificate, the dogs cannot leave the state. The Puppy Mill Rescue Team partners with rescues in over five states to make what we do possible. Now, we are only able to operate in the state the dog is being rescued in.

What happens now? The team is seeing its first-ever slowdown. The team has seen ever-growing numbers the last several years, so this makes us wonder, what is to come?

We can predict a few things will happen when all is said and done.

We suspect vets will become operational again, which will help our mission go into full swing.

A large number of dogs will need to be rescued quickly.

An increase of puppies being surrendered. This will come from people not buying over the last month along with financial hardships with families, preventing them from buying “designer dogs.”

How can you help?

Donate. With what we predict will happen, we will need increased monetary support. Your donations help support everything from their transportation, vetting, foster homes, and more. We have the love, but we cannot pay bills with it. Click here to make a donation.

Volunteer. Our mission is run 100% by volunteers. Any help big or small can change an animal’s life. To learn how you can volunteer click here.


“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Mar. 2020, http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCov/.

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