by Becky Sowers

If you’ve decided you would like a family pet and have begun to search for the perfect addition, be aware of puppy mills in the state of Oklahoma (Oklahoma ranks second in the nation). Until the Pet Quality Assurance Act (PQA, House Bill 1332) is taken up again in the Oklahoma Legislature, here are some great tips to ensure you are NOT buying from a puppy mill:

1) Consider adoption. Adopting a dog instead of buying one is the quickest way to strike a blow against puppy mills. Animal shelters have dozens of dogs, many of them purebreds, just waiting for a home. There are also breed specific rescue groups for every breed of dog in virtually every region of the U.S. (simply do a google search, or check out

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