Petland: One Store Sees Light, Will Adopt Pets from Local Shelters

by Mary Haight on October 27, 2010

Petland is a franchise operation, and amidst the heaps of the usual bad press the corporation deservedly gets, plus this new hot mess in Texas  there is a husband and wife team in East Liberty, PA who have decided to hear their community and stop buying animals from commercial puppy farms. 

Therese Kopiwoda founder of  PetSitUSA   reported Tuesday that owners Eric and Marci Caplan made an agreement with two local shelters to supply kittens, rabbits, and (to a lesser extent) puppies for adoption.  Adult dogs will be shown by groups on weekends.  The animals will live on the premises, but will not be in cages all day–the franchise has play and exercise areas in the store. 

What a turn of events.  Now at least one Petland store (that we know of) out of a 131 in the US (according to their website) has gotten ahead of the curve.  We’ve had a few posts here on this topic and the positive impact on adoptions and reduced euthanasias in the towns that have implemented the ordinance is notable.  It’s too soon for data on this one, but John Egan, the Austin Market Examiner, wrote that the only Petland store in Austin closed this past July knowing there was a pet selling ban coming into effect.

There will be a fifty percent surcharge on top of normal shelter charges which run $200 for a dog, and similar charges attached to other rates for kittens, rabbits, and the rest.  The Caplans believe this will cover expenses but will not yield a profit. Petland Corporation does not object to the arrangement.  It seems one of the reasons for the change was regular “adopt don’t shop” type demonstrations in front of the store.  I’d like to know if there are other Petlands out there planning on moving or that have moved in this direction? 

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AlexInWelderland
AlexInWelderland

This is true change. I love hearing this news. It shows that it the stores do not necessarily need to shut down, just change their practices. That keeps the stores in business, keeps people coming in to the stores, and gives the animals a chance to get adopted. Actually, this is doing a great service to the pets, in that they get put in front of even more potential adopters. Fabulous!

hound dog
hound dog

Wow! This is way cool. What a good way to change the flow of needs, especially for the shelter animals

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Welcome! Yes, and even though the change is not coming from the top, if more people like this couple would decide to go a better way and sell more prducts while adopting animals to families, they would be in the vanguard of change and revered for putting pets lives ahead of profit, rather than being slapped with lawsuits. Thanks for your comment!

Mary
Mary

Very glad to hear this news, Mary. It's a start..... a little baby step toward ending this craziness!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Yes, beginnings are so important and I hope people support what the franchise is doing. Thanks for putting in your two cents, Mary:)

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hey Edie, Daisey, Kenzo! Nice to have a little sunshine in what is generally a dark corner of the dogworld, isn't it ;-D

Edie
Edie

Yes, cheering news! One step forward...

Daisey
Daisey

EXCELLENT!!! wish I could take them all in...

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  2. [...] read reports and heard from local sources that the Pennsylvania Petland couple I reported on a couple of years ago, Eric and Marcie Caplan, were unable to stick with dogs and cats strictly [...]

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