Founder Profiles

Audrey

My name is Audrey and I cofounded Project Puppy Mills with my friend Theresa. Our crusade against puppy mills began in 5th grade when Theresa and I wrote to our legislators and asked them to create a bill essentially banning puppy mills. The bill that was introduced when we were in 6th grade, SB 6408, wasn’t exactly what we had in mind, but we were still disappointed when it didn’t pass. Perhaps it was the disappointment, or just our true hate of puppy mills, but Theresa and I came back prepared the next year for another battle. This time, we won, resulting in the passing of ESSB 5651. This bill, placing basic welfare requirements on breeding facilities became a law on January 1, 2010.

Puppy mills aren’t the only animal welfare issue I am concerned about. Factory farming, animal research/testing, animals in entertainment, animal fighting, hunting, horse and seal slaughter, and the fur industry are all sordid forms of punishment and pain for the animals involved. Over the next few months, Project Puppy Mills will begin to branch out and possibly focus on one or more of these issues.

I am a vegetarian not only because I believe it is wrong to kill animals, but also because of the atrocious conditions these animals are kept in. Chickens cramped in small wire cages, cows confined to miniscule stalls, and the awful conditions Thanksgiving turkeys are kept in, all serve as reminders to today’s society that eating meat isn’t just killing an animal, it is torturing it.

I have one dog, a hyper Boston terrier named Wilma, and a friendly black-and-white cat, Pounce. I am 15 years old and a freshman in high school.

Theresa

My name is Theresa and I helped start Project Puppy Mills with Audrey almost four years ago. Audrey and I helped pass legislation in Washington State that sets requirements for mass breeding facilities (passed in April of 2009, SB 5651). We're planning to continue making some presentations to kids at local schools to spread the word about puppy mills and overpopulation and inspire kids to take action.

I'm proud to be part of the growing movement to improve the lives of animals across the globe. I'm passionate about the issue of puppy mills, but I’m definitely concerned about ALL forms of animal cruelty, including factory farming, horse slaughter, animal overpopulation and homelessness, and testing on animals. I enjoy the excitement and challenge of working with and learning about the legislative process, and I hope that we can continue to help the animals in Washington State through lobbying for more humane legislation.

My family is part of the foster program at our local animal shelter, so sometimes we are taking care of up to six rescue cats and kittens! It can be a lot of work sometimes, but being around animals all the time, every day, reminds me how important it is for people to show animals the compassion and respect they deserve. Even the little things, like volunteering at your local shelter or making a donation to your favorite animal welfare organization, can make a big difference!

I'm 15 years old and a freshman in high school. Permanently, I live with three crazy cats, a tuxedo called Eddie, a half-manx named Clarise, and a tabby, Jane, and a black lab mix dog named Sasha. They’re all rescue animals.

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