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September 3, 2010

New York City Area Pet Stores Take ‘Puppy Friendly’ Pledge

Thanks to the efforts of local animal advocates, more than 100 New York City area pet stores have signed The Humane Society of the United States' puppy friendly pet store pledge — committing not to sell puppies, but instead support local animal adoption programs or provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a reputable breeder. The HSUS applauds these independent 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 Patrick Kwan, New York 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. Shelters and rescues are brimming with all types of dogs in need of homes." 

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 the New York area that have most recently signed the puppy friendly pledge to not sell puppies are listed at the bottom of this release.

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

  • About 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.

Stores include:

  • Pet Supplies "Plus" (Albany, Deer Park, East Northport, Fishkill, Manhasset, Massapequa Park, Smithtown, Valley Stream, Westbury)
  • Petland Discounts (Bay Shore, Bronx, Brooklyn, Deer Park, Elmont, Flushing, Forest Hills, Glen Cove, Glen Oaks, Great Neck, Hempstead, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Liberty Avenue, Long Island City, Maspeth, Massapequa, Medford, Middle Village, New Rochelle, New York, Oceanside, Ozone Park, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Queens, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Riverhead, Shirley, Smithtown, Springfield Gardens, Staten Island, Thornwood, Valley Stream, White Plains, Yorktown Heights)
  • District Dog (Brooklyn)
  • PS9 Pet Supplies (Brooklyn)
  • Paws Boutique (Clinton)
  • Choice Pet Supply (Hartsdale)
  • Jake Placid Doghouse (Lake Placid)
  • Just Dogs! Gourmet (Mt Kisco)
  • A Cut Above Pet Stylists (New York)
  • Animal Crackers (New York)
  • Bark Place (New York)
  • Beasty Feast (New York)
  • Best Pet Rx (New York)
  • Calling All Pets (New York)
  • Canine Country Club and Pet Spa (New York)
  • Canine Styles (New York)
  • Central Park Pet Spa (New York)
  • Coco and Toto (New York)
  • Doggie Dearest (New York)
  • DoggyStyle, NYC (New York)
  • Downtown Doghouse (New York)
  • Downtown Veterinary Clinic (New York)
  • Dudley's Paw (New York)
  • East Village Pet Grooming & Doggie Day Care (New York)
  • Eastside Grooming House LLC (New York)
  • Furry Land Pet Supplies (New York)
  • Happy Feet Pet Shop II (New York)
  • Happy Feet Pet Shop Inc (New York)
  • Happy Paws (New York)
  • L and B Pet Grooming (New York)
  • Litter & Leashes (New York)
  • Little Creatures (New York)
  • Mikey's Pet Supplies (New York)
  • Ollie's Place (New York)
  • Pamper Ur Pets (New York)
  • Paws In Chelsea (New York)
  • Pet Central (New York)
  • Pet Palace (New York)
  • Pet Stop (New York)
  • Pet Town (New York)
  • Peter's Necessities to Pets (New York)
  • Petqua (New York)
  • Petropolis (New York)
  • Pets NYC (New York)
  • Posh Paws of Manhattan, LLC (New York)
  • Precious Pets (New York)
  • PupCulture (New York)
  • Puppy Love & Kitty Kat (New York)
  • Running Paws Athletic Club (New York)
  • Sandy's Doggie & Kitty Spa (New York)
  • Snowball's Pets Grooming Salon (New York)
  • Sutton Pets (New York)
  • The Barking Zoo (New York)
  • The New York Dog Shop (New York)
  • The Pet Market (New York)
  • The Salty Paw (New York)
  • The Shaggy Dog (New York)
  • The Wagging Tail (New York)
  • Three Tiny Terriers (New York)
  • Town House Grooming (New York)
  • Trixie + Peanut Pet Emporium (New York)
  • Walter's Pet Styles (New York)
  • Wet Nose Doggy Gym (New York)
  • Whiskers Holistic Pet Care (New York)
  • Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc. (Port Jefferson Station)

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

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