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July 7, 2014

Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores

We support the stores that don't support cruel puppy mills

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Pets Plus of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, held a grand reopening to showcase dogs and puppies for adoption. Mark Makela/For The HSUS

  • A father makes a call about adopting a puppy for his son, Asher, at Pets Plus. Mark Makela/For The HSUS

  • Alsip Home & Nursery in St. John, Indiana, converted both stores to offer puppies and dogs for adoption instead of sale. Jason Gail/For The HSUS

  • Alsip Home & Nursery expects to have the potential to find homes for about 1,000 puppies and dogs per year per location. Jason Gail/For The HSUS

We can help pet stores that sell puppies switch to a more humane model.

By offering puppies for adoption from nearby shelters or moving to a supplies-only model, stores can save the lives of animals in search of home, and save the breeding dogs trapped in puppy mills. The humane model can also bring in new customers and attract positive media attention for the store. Check out how one Pennsylvania store is implementing the model.

Many dog lovers prefer to buy supplies from a puppy-friendly pet store and get a puppy the right way.

Pet stores are part of the solution

We can guide your store through this process free of charge, creating a winning outcome for everyone, especially for the animals who would otherwise be homeless.

Possible benefits

  • Increased name recognition for your store
  • Consumer loyalty, financial support, word-of-mouth outreach and repeat visitors
  • Stronger community ties thanks to your partnership with the local animal shelter(s)
  • A free listing for your store on the HSUS Puppy Friendly Pet Stores web page and in other media
  • A free listing through our phone texting application so shoppers can find you from anywhere

[T]his decision was the right thing to do for the animals and for our community in addressing the pet overpopulation problem."
Joe Seneshale, Joe's PET DEPOT, Gillette and Rock Springs, Wyo.

Ways we might help you

  • Free, customized guidance through the entire process
  • Answers to your questions about the benefits of providing adoptable animals at your store
  • Advice from other store owners who have already converted to a more humane model
  • Help finding animal shelters in your area to partner with
  • Publicity for your conversion via a grand reopening, including:
    • media advisories
    • posts on social media outlets
    • a ribbon-cutting ceremony
    • free T-shirts, raffles and other giveaways
    • invitations to local celebrities
    • and more
  • Follow-ups to track progress

What puppy-friendly pet store owners say

I switched over to what I call the "humane model"—animal adoption instead of animal sales. ... Most of these shelters that I go pick up dogs from, they are putting down anywhere from 50 to 70 dogs a day. So this is one way to stop that from happening.
Rene Karapedian, Pet Rush, Los Angeles, California

I have found that there is no way for me to sell puppies from my retail establishment that does not contribute to the suffering of both the parent dogs and the puppies bred from them. Reputable breeders with high standards of care do not sell their puppies to ANY pet stores for resale.
Amy Cirincione, Feed Bag Pet Store, Cutchogue, New York

With millions of dogs and cats being euthanized each year due to a lack of homes, I realized that this decision was the right thing to do for the animals and for our community in addressing the pet overpopulation problem.
Joe Seneshale, Joe's PET DEPOT in Gillette and Rock Springs, Wyoming

Ready? Pledge to be a puppy-friendly pet store, and email us to get started!

What consumers can do

1. Encourage local pet stores to become puppy-friendly

  • Contact us with your name, phone number, city and state. We can send instructions and a copy of the invitation and pledge, or you can download and print them.
    Download the invitation | Download the pledge
  • Visit local pet store(s) to explain the benefits of the program and invite them to sign.
  • Return the signed pledge(s) to our Stop Puppy Mills campaign and we will do the rest!

2. Find a puppy-friendly pet store near you

  • Text "PUPPY" to 30644 to see puppy-friendly stores near you (message and data rates apply)
  • Browse lists of puppy-friendly stores by state:
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  • Take Action
  • Want to help dogs? Pledge not to support puppy mills. Sign the pledge

Looking for a pet?

Find your perfect match at a local shelter.

Shelter Pet Project
can help.