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June 21, 2010

Michigan Pet Stores Take ‘Puppy Friendly’ Pledge

Thanks to the efforts of local advocates with the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup of Southeast Michigan, nearly one hundred Michigan pet stores have recently signed The Humane Society of the United States' puppy friendly pet store pledge — committing not to sell puppies, and instead support local animal adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a reputable breeder. The HSUS applauds these retailers because their actions prove it is not necessary to support the cruel puppy mill trade to operate a successful pet-related business.

"These stores have set a positive example of corporate responsibility for other businesses to follow," said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The HSUS. "Pet stores that profit from the cruel puppy mill industry need to step up and do the right thing by stopping their puppy sales. I am thrilled to have wonderful local advocates like the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup of Southeast Michigan working in our area to increase the public's awareness of puppy mills."

Store owners and managers who sign The HSUS' pledge receive a placard proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store, as well as materials about adopting a dog or finding a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.

The independent retailers in Michigan that have recently signed the puppy friendly pledge to not sell puppies are:

  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Adrian)
  • Dogma Catmantoo (Ann Arbor)
  • Green Pawz (Ann Arbor)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Ann Arbor)
  • Pet Supplies"Plus" (Ann Arbor)
  • The Pet Emporium (Ann Arbor)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Bay City)
  • Feed Rite Belleville (Belleville)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Benton Harbor)
  • Premier Pet Supply (Beverly Hills)
  • Doodle Dog Bakery (Birch Run)
  • Napier's Kennel Shop (Birmingham)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Bloomfield Hills)
  • Big Acre (Brighton)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Canton)
  • Big Acre (Caro)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Chesterfield Twp)
  • Market Place Pet Supplies (Clarkston)
  • Pet Food and More #5 (Clawson)
  • Val's Pet Supplies (Clawson)
  • Three Dog Bakery (Clinton Township)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Clinton Twp)
  • Pet Food and More #1 (Commerce Twp)
  • Big Acre (Davison)
  • Dirty Paws Pet Grooming Inc. (Davison)
  • Doogie's Supercenter (Davison)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Dearborn)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Detroit)
  • Wags to Wiskers (Dexter)
  • Choice Aquariums (Farmington Hills)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Farmington Hills)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Fenton)
  • Doodle Dog Bakery (Flushing)
  • Flushing Lawn & Garden (Flushing)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Fort Gratiot)
  • Lucy's Pet Supplies & Feeds (Goodrich)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Grand Blanc)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Grand Rapids)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Grand Rapids)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Grandville)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Howell)
  • Pet X Supply & Tack (Howell)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Iron Mountain)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Kalamazoo)
  • Healthy Pet (Lake Orion)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Lansing)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Lansing)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Lapeer)
  • Feed Rite Lincoln Park (Lincoln Park)
  • Chap's Feed Store (Livonia)
  • Discount Pet & Supplies (Livonia)
  • Pet Food and More (Livonia)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Livonia)
  • Rocko's Pet Depot (Macomb)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Milford)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Mount Morris)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Novi)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Okemos)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Ortonville)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Owosso)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Oxford)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Petoskey)
  • Gibdog Pet Supplies (Plymouth)
  • Specialty Pet Supplies (Plymouth)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Portage)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Redford Township)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Rochester Hills)
  • The Urban Dog (Rochester Hills)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Royal Oak)
  • The Uppity Puppy (Royal Oak)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Saginaw)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (St. Clair Shores)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (St. Clair Shores)
  • Swartz Creek Elevator (Swartz Creek)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Traverse City)
  • Uncle Luke's Feed Store (Troy)
  • Val's Pet Supplies III (Troy)
  • Baseline Feed Store (Warren)
  • K-9 Specialties (Warren)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Warren)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Washington Twp.)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Waterford)
  • Goody's Pet Store (Wayne)
  • Mickey's Pet Supplies (West Bloomfield)
  • Something Fishy (Westland)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (White Lake)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (White Lake)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Woodhaven)
  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Wyoming)
  • Mantis Pet Supply (Ypsilanti)


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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