March 1, 2011
Pet Valu, Mid-Atlantic Specialty Pet Food and Supply Chain, Takes ‘Puppy Friendly’ Pledge
Pet Valu has signed The Humane Society of the United States’ Puppy Friendly Pet Store Pledge. This pledge means the company commits to not sell puppies, but instead to support local pet adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a puppy from a responsible source. Pet Valu, with its U.S. headquarters in Wayne, Penn., operates 63 stores in the mid-Atlantic United States.
The HSUS applauds this corporate chain, along with members of Girl Scout Troop 6811, who encouraged the store to sign the pledge. Pet Valu’s business model proves it is not necessary to support the cruel puppy mill trade to operate a successful pet-related business.
“Pet Valu is proud to be a part of the Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Program, which reinforces our commitment to providing our customers with quality pet supplies while looking out for the best interest of animals,” said Connie Lowney of Pet Valu. “We believe that this will be a successful business model in our 63 locations, and are hopeful that our commitment will inspire others to support responsible pet acquisition.”
Store owners 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 free materials for their customers about how to adopt a puppy or find a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.
Pet lovers can find a list of the participating Puppy Friendly Pet Stores in their area at humanesociety.org/puppystores.
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 two to four 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, responsible breeder.
- Responsible breeders never sell puppies via 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 dogs euthanized at shelters every year.
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