LANCASTER, PA--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Last Chance for Animals (LCA) and Adopt-A-Pet are proud to announce their 5th annual Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Saturday, September 20th, 2008 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, "The Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast." Lancaster County is home to the largest concentration of dog breeders in the United States. It is estimated that 50% of the breeders in Lancaster are unlicensed, and therefore unregulated. Each year, approximately 500,000 puppies are bred in puppy mills nationally, facilities known for their filthy, overcrowded conditions and the unhealthy animals they produce. Only half of these animals make it to pet stores; the others die from the mill's squalid conditions, hypothermia, starvation or other horrors of transport.

LCA's Special Investigations unit has located and exposed numerous puppy mills around the country from Lancaster, PA to Lancaster, CA. Recently, LCA's investigations led to the release of several hundred puppy mill dogs and the closing of two Los Angeles based pet stores that sold dogs to the public from local puppy mills.

"It is extremely important for Americans to know what the cute puppy in the pet shop has endured to be sold," said Chris DeRose, LCA President. "There are so many adoptable and wonderful pets at shelters and rescues throughout the country. The purchase of a puppy through a pet store is simply irresponsible. If someone wants a specific breed or a young dog, they're all available without going to a pet store."

What:   5th Annual Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Where:  Intercourse Community Park, Intercourse, PA 17534
        At the corner of Old Philadelphia Pike and Royal Circle.
        500 feet east of Intercourse

When:   Saturday 9/20/08 11am - 5pm

Who:    Special guests include LCA President and Founder Chris DeRose,
        Rescue Ink and more.

        For more information, visit www.banpuppymills.com

Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. Founded and led by animal expert, author, and actor, Chris DeRose. LCA's roots began in exposing the inherent cruelty of vivisection. LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty, launching public awareness campaigns, pushing animal friendly legislation and helping prosecute animal abusers. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal.org.

Contact Information: Contact: Bryan Monell Last Chance for Animals (310) 562-5928 Campaigns@LCAnimal.org