December 7, 2010
Seattle Area Pet Stores Take The HSUS' ‘Puppy Friendly’ Pledge
Thanks to the efforts of local advocates, more than 60 Seattle area 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 dog 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 Dan Paul, Washington 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 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 the Seattle area that have recently signed the puppy friendly pledge to not sell puppies are:
- Mud Bay – Overlake (Bellevue)
- The Pet Stops Here (Bellevue)
- Walker's Healthy Pet (Bellingham)
- Mud Bay - Canyon Park (Bothell)
- Mud Bay (Burien)
- Next to Nature (Edmonds)
- Smiley Dog (Edmonds)
- Simply Paws (Federal Way)
- Simply Paws (Federal Way - second location)
- The Pet Market @ Dash Point (Federal Way)
- Mud Bay (Kent)
- Pet Country (Kent)
- Denny's Pet World (Kirkland)
- Dooley's Dog House (Kirkland)
- Heads to Tails Grooming Spa (Kirkland)
- Mud Bay (Lacey)
- Mud Bay (Lake Forest Park)
- Walker's Healthy Pet (Lynnwood)
- Mud Bay (Maple Valley)
- Walker's Healthy Pet (Marysville)
- All The Best Pet Care (Mercer Island)
- Walker's Healthy Pet (Mill Creek)
- Walker's Healthy Pet (Mount Vernon)
- Mud Bay (Olympia)
- Dog Daze Natural Pet Market (Puyallup)
- All The Best Pet Care (Redmond)
- Eastside Dog (Redmond)
- Paws Café (Redmond)
- Pet Pros (Renton)
- A Dog's Dream (Seattle)
- All The Best Pet Care (Seattle)
- All The Best Pet Care (Seattle=second location)
- All The Best Pet Care (Seattle=third location)
- All The Best Pet Care (Seattle=fourth location)
- Animal Talk (Seattle)
- Crown Hill Pet Supply (Seattle)
- Darwin's Natural Pet Products (Seattle)
- Fido-N-Scratch (Seattle)
- Great Dog Daycare & Shoppe (Seattle)
- Mes Amis (Seattle)
- Mud Bay – Ballard (Seattle)
- Mud Bay – Belltown (Seattle)
- Mud Bay – Greenwood (Seattle)
- Mud Bay - Off Broadway (Seattle)
- Mud Bay - On Pine (Seattle)
- Mud Bay - University Village (Seattle)
- Mud Bay - West Seattle (Seattle)
- Next to Nature (Seattle)
- Pet Elements (Seattle)
- Petapoluza Pet Supply (Seattle)
- PJ's Paws and Claws (Seattle)
- Wally Pets (Seattle)
- Zak and Zoe (Seattle)
- Mud Bay (Sumner)
- Lucky Dog Outfitters (Tacoma)
- Next to Nature (Tacoma)
- Purdelight's Grooming and Pet Boutique (Tacoma)
- Wag Pet Market (Tacoma)
- Mud Bay (University Place)
- Beastie Boutique (Vancouver)
- Natural Pet NW (Vancouver)
- The Whole Pet Shop (Woodinville)
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.
- 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.
- Over the past three years, 16 states have passed laws to crack down on puppy mills.
To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.
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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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.