To the editor of THE EAGLE:
When you purchase a pet from a puppy mill, the seller may want to meet at a location other than their breeding kennel. Usually a parking lot at a shopping center.
The seller will offer several breed types to "customize" your order. The seller does not give back refunds or want the animal back if there is anything wrong with it.
The seller does not have any medical records on file and makes excuses for not having them available. The seller does not give a follow-up phone call to check on the welfare of the animal.
Adopt from a shelter or rescue.
This is one of 23 letters to the editor written by the fifth grade session of Camp Humane at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. The campers sat through an hour program on puppy mills and were provided information to inspire their own letters. Camp Humane is a specialized summer camp for kids who care about animals. A session from fourth to eighth grade is provided and there is a scholarship program for underprivileged families.