How to Stop Puppy Mills, Pet Shops

by Mary Haight on January 4, 2012

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There was plenty going on in the puppy mills and pet shops battle over the holidays, with ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies out there educating people about where pets in shops come from (nearly 80% did not know pet shop=puppy mill pets), and the individual groups who have sprouted up all over the country to help people on the street understand what all the protesting is about.  ASPCA even provided a map of stores in your area to avoid buying supplies from, giving alternatives that adopt animals. Even Time.com had an article dedicated to educating people on this point that got over 2000 “shares” on FB.

Macerich, the upscale retail mall developer who resolved to disallow the selling of live pets on any of his properties has kept that resolve as pet shops whose leases are up are given the new rules. Rapid City, South Dakota just got their notice, while in a Macerich Lakewood CA mall, the 500th dog was adopted at Adopt & Shop, an effort supported by Found Animals Foundation.

The petition I started asking Petland to quit selling pets, and you wonderful readers, bloggers and friends of animals signed and passed on, took off and stands at more than 135,000 since October 10. If you haven’t signed it, please do. That petition was more about beginnings than endings. Petland is a franchise, so each store that is not a corporate store must be approached as a small local business.  I’ve always tried to provide solutions to bad news and this seems to fit – there’s a story over at Change.org on a Michigan whose group has done a fantastic job at ridding neighborhood by neighborhood of pet shops.  They have only 1 Petland store left.  I call that effective!  You can go see what Stephanie Feldstein wrote up in the appropriately titled: 3 Steps to Getting Puppy Mill Pet Stores Out of Your Neighborhood.

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Mel
Mel

I read your post when it first came out, but couldn't comment because I was at work. I think change is a'coming Mary and if puppy mills and pet stores don't recognize it then they are fooling themselves. The pendulum is moving and it is not moving in a direction that is in their favor. I'm completely blown away by the number of signatures you got. It says something when you get numbers like that. BTW - I received a wonderful email from one of the women who helped find Lady. She told me that she had never known about puppy mills before reading my post. Now she's going to foster for MN Sheltie Rescue and adopt too. How amazing is that?

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Wow, Mel! That is the coolest result! It is so amazing to me the numbers that don't know the connection between puppy mills and pet shops...it's all about getting through to that person out there who has no idea...how *great* is that!! I'm blown away by those numbers too:)) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and your success!

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

135,000+ signatures is wonderful, Mary! And I love that the ASPCA developed a map of stores to avoid and alternatives to use. It makes it just a little bit easier for people to make responsible decisions and vote with their dollars.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks Amy - really, bowled me over! Never expected over 100,000 let alone more than 135K! I too was so impressed with that whole map thing that ASPCA did - what a great way to help people figure out who the good guys are and where to spend their dollars!

Pup Fan
Pup Fan

Great post, Mary. Your work on this front has been amazing... here's hoping that we can educate even more people in 2012. :)

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thank you, AJ - the more we all write and share new information, the better service we do for our readers, and I am all over that!

Steph
Steph

This is why there are a lot of Animals being killed in animal shelters .Please do not buy from a breeder or puppy or kitten mill .Please adopt your next dog,cat,puppy or kitten from your local animal shelter, All you pay is an adoption fee which will cover the spay/neuter /shots/.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Adoption is an excellent way to go and such a great deal, too! Thanks for joining the conversation, Steph!

Jen Febel/Avivagen
Jen Febel/Avivagen

It boggles my mind that 80% didn't know that pet stores = puppy mills! But clearly the education and information is starting to get out there. Maybe, one day, puppy stores selling pets will be as foreign a concept as smoking in hospitals and not wearing seatbelts now is

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I know, Jen, it amazed me too. So glad all the big groups are pushing education on this point. Ha! Yes, it would be fabulous if pet stores and puppy mills could disappear, like smoking in hospitals! Thanks for stopping by =)

Pamela
Pamela

I feel very lucky to live in a town where the pet supply stores support adoption instead of sales. I think it's one of the reasons we're such a great location for rescues to bring animals from other states who are facing death. Adoption is the most likely option for finding a pet here.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Pamela! Yes you are! Me too - Oak Park protested the sale of property to a teacup pup shop. I was so thankful I live in an activist area where people don't let things just "happen". This is a town of serious dog lovers, so the potential owners were very shocked that they and their trade would be most unwelcome here.

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