August 12, 2009
Tustin, Calif. Pet Store Goes 'Puppy Friendly'
The Humane Society of The United States commends Puppies 'N Guppies, a pet store in Tustin, Calif., for signing The HSUS' Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Pledge, making official its new policy of not selling puppies due to concerns about puppy mills. The store began its phase-out of puppy sales and phase-in of pet adoption days earlier this year.
So far about a hundred pet stores have signed the HSUS' Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Pledge, either to "make official" their current policy of not selling puppies or to announce their decision to discontinue selling puppies and convert to supporting pet adoptions instead.
"Puppies 'N Guppies has set a positive example of corporate responsibility for other socially conscious businesses to follow," said Stephanie Shain, senior director of The HSUS' puppy mills campaign. "Shelters and rescues are brimming with all types of dogs, including purebreds, who need and deserve good homes. Pet stores that profit from the cruel puppy mill industry need to step up and do the right thing by stopping their puppy sales."
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, exercise or quality of life. Consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores are often unknowingly supporting this cruel industry.
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 HSUS puppy mills campaign about signing the Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Pledge so they too can become a hero for homeless animals in their communities.
- 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 are more likely to 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 online sellers 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.
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