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February 9, 2010

Sacramento Area Pet Store Takes ‘Puppy Friendly’ Pledge

The Rocklin Family Pet Shop and Self Serve Dog Wash, a pet store located in Rocklin, Calif., has joined the growing movement to stop selling puppies from puppy mills and start supporting local animal adoption programs instead. The store joins more than a dozen other Sacramento area pet stores that that signed The Humane Society of the United States' pledge not to support the puppy mill trade.

Rocklin Family Pet Shop began its phase-out of puppy sales and phase-in of pet adoptions this month. The store has also offered to host the Placer SPCA's mobile adoption van once a month. The first adoption event will be Friday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We are excited about supporting our local shelters and helping the many wonderful cats and dogs that desperately need loving homes," said Alyce and Dale Glazer, the owners of Rocklin Family Pet Shop.

The Humane Society of The United States commends Rocklin Family Pet Shop for its leadership in the growing movement away from pet store puppy sales and setting a positive example for other forward-thinking pet stores to follow. Since Petland in Roseville closed in December, there is only one remaining pet store in the Sacramento area continuing to sell puppies from puppy mills.

"We are grateful for the efforts by concerned dog lovers in the area who brought attention to this issue and assisted Rocklin Family Pet Shop in this transition," said Jennifer Fearing, The HSUS' California senior state director.

Policy Helps Dogs Across the United States

The majority of pet stores that sell puppies carry dogs from puppy mills, which are mass production facilities that churn out large numbers of puppies under inhumane conditions. The breeding dogs at puppy mills spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention or quality of life. Consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or over the Internet without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel puppy mill industry.

Facts

  • 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.
  • 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 Web sites to hide the truth and to dupe consumers 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.

To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.

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