January 29, 2009
Arizona Pet Store Takes The HSUS' 'Puppy Friendly' Pledge
The "Posh Puppy Store," a pet store located in Scottsdale, Ariz., has joined the growing movement away from selling puppies to supporting local animal adoption programs. The store, which sold puppies from large commercial breeders, known as puppy mills, began its phase-out of puppy sales and phase-in of pet adoptions this month.
The Posh Puppy Store is working with the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to develop the store's new adoption program. Kim Sobotka, the store's new owner, stated, "I am excited about this new venture and am looking forward to doing something good and worthwhile. This is my chance to show everyone in the community how great it is to help innocent animals."
The Humane Society of The United States commends Posh Puppy for its leadership in the growing movement away from pet store puppy sales. Posh Puppy has set a positive example for other forward-thinking pet stores to follow."We would like to extend our gratitude for the hard work of concerned animal advocates in the area for bringing attention to this issue and for assisting Posh Puppy Store in this transition," said Kari Nienstedt, The HSUS's Arizona state director.
Policy Helps Puppies
Most pet stores that sell puppies carry dogs from puppy mills, mass-breeding facilities that churn out large numbers of puppies under inhumane conditions. The breeding dogs at puppy mills often spend their entire lives in cramped cages with little or no personal attention or quality of life. Consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores are often unknowingly supporting this cruel industry.
In 2008, The Humane Society of the United States introduced the "Puppy Friendly Pet Store Pledge" initiative whereby pet stores can sign a pledge declaring that they will discontinue selling puppies in their stores, or "make official" a current policy of not selling puppies. Each store that signs the pledge receives a poster to place in their window and free materials for their customers on how to adopt a dog or find a responsible breeder.
As the public grows more educated and concerned about puppy mills, more pet stores are making the decision to support pet adoptions rather than selling puppies. The HSUS encourages other pet stores to contact the Stop Puppy Mills campaign about signing the Puppy Friendly Pledge so they too can become a hero for homeless animals in their communities by making this humane change.
- Approximately one-third of the nation's 9,000 independent pet stores sell puppies.
- The HSUS estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are sold each year in the United States.
- Puppy mill puppies often have health problems, genetic defects and behavioral issues.
- Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.
- Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years in continual confinement. They are bred as often as possible and then destroyed or discarded once they can no longer produce puppies.
- Pet stores and puppy mills often use attractive websites to hide the truth and to dupe the public into thinking that they are dealing with a small, reputable breeder.
- Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store and will insist on meeting the family who will be purchasing the dog.
- Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.