Puppy Store Stops Selling–Adopts Instead

by Mary Haight on January 31, 2009

A sunset in the Arizona desert near Scottsdale...
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Remember the pet store closing in Beverly Hills, occuring after protests from community members about the animals coming from puppy mills?  This combined with Oprah’s puppy mill expose led Jan McLellan to start a quiet, respectful protest of her own outside Posh Puppy Store in Scottsdale, AZ.

In the extreme heat that Arizona produces, and in the downpours, Jan and her friends spent each weekend protesting.  For six months this continued. In the meantime, the owner sold the store.  When Kim Sobatka, the new owner, saw what was happening, she invited the protesters to explain their mission.

Sobatka agreed with McLellan and her friends and decided not to do “business” as usual in the name of pets, but to connect with the community instead.  McLellan surprised Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC)with a contract if they wanted to go forward, and as of last week, Posh Puppies is showing adoptable dogs exclusively from MCACC and local shelters.

You can read more of Cheri Moon’s post at Best Friends here.

Any such progress in your area?  I’m thinking the whole country, and beyond, would do well to implement such a program!

What kind of change would you like to see happen to benefit animals?

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