Michigan Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2012

Let your dog share a few barks at the State Capitol this year! 

Overview: Join fellow dog advocates at the Michigan State Capital for a sidewalk parade with your dogs while our legislators wrap up their afternoon session. We are asking lawmakers to pass the Pet Lemon Law (SB 574) and Puppy Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892) to help prevent puppy mills from establishing themselves in Michigan and to protect families who purchase sick animals from breeders or pet stores.

Date: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Location: Michigan State Capitol Building, W. Michigan Ave & S. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48906

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   


1:00 Parade Line-up along Capitol Avenue to Front East steps

1:30 Parade Kick-off & Postcard
Dog Photo Drop-off

2:30 Guest Speakers (6 each 3 mins)      

00 Organizational Introductions (1 min each) & Photos 

Event Group Photo

Bring: Your dog(s)! A photo of your dog or survivor, waste bags, lawn chairs, anti-puppy mill clothing and buttons, signs and banners. Signs and banners can not be put in the ground, so we suggest bringing a wagon with signs propped up in it or a small sign on a stick (see examples). Please be sure your dog is on a leash and on his or her best behavior. Beverages will not be provided.

RSVPs Not required! You can let us know you are coming by signing up on our Facebook event. Volunteers should RSVP on the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup website. 

Parking: There are six parking ramps within three blocks of the Capital.

Restrooms: Public restrooms are located on the ground floor of the Capitol and also on the third floor until 5 p.m.

Water:  Water dishes will be set up along parade route. A hose with fresh water will be available.

Flyer: Download Flyer

Hosted by: Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan, Capital Area Humane Society Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, Helping Eaton Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Annabelles Pet Station, Animal Placement Bureau , and Voiceless-MI



Pups Parade participants are asked to make small signs promoting the Puppy Protection Act. Here are some instructions and suggestions.

¨     Size 18 x 13 (small)
¨     Florescent paper. Yellow is easier to read.
¨     Black marker. Bold text.
¨     Cardboard or foam board.
¨     Contact paper for protection
¨     Wood stick

“I support the Puppy Protection Act"
“Pass the Puppy Protection Act”
“Michiganders for Puppies”
“I am a proud Puppy Protector”
“Vote Yes on The Puppy Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892)”
“Say no to Puppy Mills”
“Protect our Puppies”

Event Co-hosts

 Inhgam County Animal Control & Shelter
They are known for actively pursing puppy mill operations and successful prosecute animal abusers. Remember Joan Skillman who was running the Australian Shepherd kennel in Mason?

Capital Area Humane Society
More than 6,000 animals come through our doors each year; all are provided with food, medical care, a safe place to live and plenty of TLC from our staff and volunteers More than 6,000 animals come through their doors each year; all are provided with food, medical care, a safe place to live.

Helping Eaton Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.)
are committed to promoting animal welfare and improving conditions for shelter animals.  

Annabelles Pet Station
They offer top-notch dog training and socialization, expert pet grooming services, group play doggie day care, a pet boutique, and dog-related events and seminars, all at their convenient downtown location. They are only 6 blocks from the capital!

Animal Placement Bureau
They are a Lansing area rescue group that is entirely foster-based. They proudly operate as a no-kill animal welfare agency meaning there is no time limit.  

They are a
Lansing area group dedicated to ending pound seizer and the use of gas chambers. Check out the many other things they do for animals.