One of the goals of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and to encourage people to adopt or rescue a dog rather than purchase from a traditional pet store. Pet store puppies almost inevitably come from substandard commercial breeding programs known as puppy mills. The mills operate purely for profit under poor breeding conditions that cause chronic health problems, temperament issues and hereditary defects in the animals.

Madonna Of The Mills

Tonight at 8pm HBO will air a documentary called "Madonna Of The Mills" that exposes what happens in puppy mills and what it really means to buy an animal from a traditional pet store. The program will also air throughout the month on HBO2 and HBO OnDemand.