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For over five years, The Puppy Mill Project has been working quietly out of the spotlight as they’ve worked to educate the Chicago community and beyond about puppy mills. On May 9th, the eve of Mother’s Day, the group will celebrate their efforts at their Fifth Annual Mothers in the Mills – their annual fundraiser.


The event is held each year Mother’s Day weekend as the group remembers the mother dogs left behind in the mills. The occasion is used to celebrate their work and help build awareness about puppy mills as they raise funds for the coming year.

This year, the group will also be celebrating their part of the collaborative effort that helped shut down Adrian’s Puppy Paradise, a Kankakee County puppy mill that was closed in early April after the group turned over crucial evidence in the investigation. Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), The Puppy Mill Project several and other organizations that pitched in on the rescue.

The Puppy Mill Project uses a variety of ways to educate the public about the fight against puppy mills. They will do age-appropriate lectures for schools, stage pet store protests and have worked with local officials as they have worked to prevent the sale of dogs and cats in their pet stores. The group was helped passed the legislation in Chicago and Cook County banning the sale of puppy mill dogs and kitten mill cats in pet stores.

The Mothers in the Mills will be on held on Saturday, May 9th from 7 to 11 pm at Moonlight Studios at 1446 West Kinzie. Tickets are $115 in advanced at $125 at the door. The emcee for the evening will be political commentator Paul Lisnek and a special performance by Carl Giammarese of the Buckinghams. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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