more speciesist foolishness!
however, these things sometimes provide good education opportunities as well as a venue for watching people make bizarre rationalizations which you are welcome to share here:
welcome to 30bad too, amanda!
Use this as an educational opportunity. Write a letter showing parallels between puppy mills and factory farms. Ask why they are not showing the same compassion towards all animals. Make suggestions for other ways they can raise funds.
Thanks for the advice! It was really hard to know how to handle because the girl who volunteers for the shelter at my work was so excited about the fundraiser! The next day I did recommend that she watch the movie "Earthlings" since it deals with treatment of animals in shelters, and she might be interested in watching. She said that she was going to watch it... kind of sneaky way to make a point but I think that the images will have a more meaningful effect than any words that I can say! I do plan on writing a letter.