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Wyo. Pet Store Owner Helps Homeless Pets

Joe's PET DEPOT celebrates grand re-opening with shelter pet adoption events

  • Adopting a dog from a shelter is a happier decision than buying a puppy mill dog. iStockphoto

Few pet stores do what Wyoming pet store owner Joe Seneshale is doing.

The HSUS has a Puppy Friendly Pet Stores initiative and 1,900 pet stores nationwide have signed our pledge, making it their official policy not to sell puppies. The HSUS estimates that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, which sell two to four million puppies to the public every year. One way puppy mill puppies are often sold to unsuspecting consumers is through pet stores.

Many of the pet stores that have signed the HSUS's Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge to sell pet supplies or small pets only. By signing the pledge they make their stance against puppy mills official and receive free materials to give customers to help them learn how to get a puppy from a humane source.

Joe Seneshale, however, is one of the few pledge signers who is also making a bold conversion to offering shelter adoptions. His decision is a great milestone for his business, for the community, and for the overpopulation pet problem.

The HSUS is applauding Joe's decision, and the public is welcome to come celebrate at a pet adoption event at each of Joe's stores in Rock Springs and Gillette.

Rock Springs store grand reopening

200 Bordeaux Lane
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gilette store grand reopening

205 Ross Street, Suite A
Gillette, WY 82716
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free stuff

At each event, the first 25 customers will receive a free "Stop Puppy Mills" t-shirt. The first 100 customers will receive a "Stop Puppy Mills" button.

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