It started in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of 2006, and the list of jurisdictions, in the United States, that have banned Retail Pet Stores from selling animals that don’t come from rescues, has continued to grow steadily. It’s these great laws that will help slow down the commercial breeding of companion animals.
And it quickly showed that it was working, in Albuquerque with animal adoptions increasing by 23 percent, and the euthanasia at city shelter decreasing by 35 percent.
Now, it’s a growing trend, that’s a real win for the rescue animals, and the rescuers that work with them. More than 200 cities and counties in the United States alone have passed ordinances that ban retail pet stores from selling companion animals from commercial breeders (dogs and cats mostly). Allowing instead, for pet stores to work with local animals rescue groups and shelters to help get the shelter pets adopted.
Stop commercial breeding (aka Puppy Mills) of dogs.
Most animal advocates will tell you that pet store sales of puppies encourage the breeding of puppy mill dogs. Commercial breeding facilities where dogs are kept, bred and raised, some for their whole lives, in small cramped and inhumane conditions. Rarely receiving any vet care or even human kindness. And rarely taking into consideration the health of the puppies being bred, leaving sickly “product”.
Pet store sales bans help to cut down on the puppy trade by taking away the “demand” for the dogs. When the breeders can’t sell as many animals through retail shops, they can’t sell as many animals. Making commercial breeding less and less financially attractive. Along, slowly, with stricter and stricter laws regarding commercial dog breeding facilities, the pet store sales bans will help to take a bite out of the industry.
States that have one or more pet store sales bans
California, Florida and New Jersey are leading the way with the most local pet store sales bans. But lots of states have one or more jurisdictions that have passed pet store sales ban ordinances. Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
Let’s hope the trend continues. And more and more jurisdictions will enact retail pet store sales bans, and instead to help get shelter and rescue animals adopted!
Pet Shop Puppy
I’m a little puppy, so cuddly, sweet and small
I live inside a cage, you see at a Pet Store in the mall.
I’m not an only puppy, my sisters are all here.
My brothers, too, except for Ralph who died coz he was scared.
It’s lonely here at nighttime when all the lights go dark,
We tremble in our cages and we whimper and we bark.
But no one comes to hold us or pet our fears away.
We sit all night in terror til the store opens next day.
We don’t remember mama, left so far behind.
She did the best she could for us til Man said “It is time.”
He crammed us all in cages too small for us you see.
We rode for hours; we could not help but lay in poop and pee.
And now we sit in a Pet Store where kids come taunt and squeeze.
They do not hear our whimpers or understand our pleas.
We’re miserable and it’s scary here we all would rather die.
But since we don’t we do our best to run away and hide.
I know you think my story too sad to leave me be.
You want to take me home with you, a happy little puppy.
But please, though it is fearful to live here against our will.
If you take me that leaves a spot another pup will fill.
You can stop our suffering but not by taking us home.
You must be strong and leave us here, unsold and all alone.
For if you do not take me, then another pup won’t come.
And maybe he will not be shipped so far away from home.
Tho some of us may not survive the cycle ‘ere it falls.
If we don’t sell they will not need more puppies in these halls.
And if they need no puppies then the Man will not bring more.
Eventually it can all stop! You CAN close the door.
So when you see a puppy face so sad and sweet and small.
In a cage at a Pet Store at your neighborhood shopping mall.
The best thing you can do for him is leave him sitting there.
That is the best way you can tell all dogs how much you care.