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December 19, 2012

Los Angeles-Area Pet Stores Take The HSUS’s ‘Puppy Friendly’ Pledge

  • 80 Los Angeles-area pet stores are taking a stand against puppy mills by signing The HSUS's Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge.  Vanessa Montgomery/The HSUS

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and local advocates of The Humane Society of the United States, 80 Los Angeles-area pet stores have signed The HSUS’s Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge — committing not to sell puppies, and instead support local animal adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to get a puppy from a responsible source. 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 Jennifer Fearing, California senior 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. The Humane Society of the United States is 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's 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 retailers in the Los Angeles area that have signed the puppy friendly pledge to not sell puppies are:

Healthy Pet

Agoura Hills

 

Anaheim Feed and Pet Supply

Anaheim

 

Midnight Pet Products

Anaheim

 

Kong's Pets & Grooming

Bell

 

Doggie Styles

Beverly Hills

 

Linda's K-9 Kastle

Buena Park

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies

Burbank

 

Pet Haven all Natural Pet Boutique

Burbank

 

Pet Mania

 

Pet Rush Inn

Burbank

 

Burbank

 

Pet Stop Veterinary Outpatient Service

Canyon Country

 

Kahoots Pet Store

Chatsworth

 

Kahoots Pet Store

Chino Hills

 

Wild's Animal Supplies

Dana Point

 

Kirby's Pet Depot

El Segundo

 

Pet Rush

Glendale

 

Red Barn

Granada Hills

 

Animalia

Huntington Beach

 

Kahoots Pet Store

Huntington Beach

 

Inglewood Pet Shop

Inglewood

 

Wild's Animal Supplies

Laguna Niguel

 

Your Elegant Pet

Lakewood

 

Lomita Feed Store

Lomita

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies

Long Beach

 

Chewsy Dog

Long Beach

 

Mr. Yeti's Pet Supplies

Long Beach

 

Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar

Long Beach

 

Animal Crackers

Los Angeles

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies (1st location)

Los Angeles

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies (2nd location)

Los Angeles

 

D.O.G Pet Boutique

Los Angeles

 

Elaine's Pet Depot

Los Angeles

 

For Pets Only

Los Angeles

 

Judy's Pet Depot

Los Angeles

 

Kirby's Pet Depot (1st location)

Los Angeles

 

Kirby's Pet Depot (2nd location)

Los Angeles

 

K9 Loft

Los Angeles

 

My Pet Naturally

Los Angeles

 

Pet Express (1st location)

Los Angeles

 

Pet Express (2nd location)

Los Angeles

 

Pet Project

Los Angeles

 

Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar

Los Angeles

 

Tailwaggers Pet Food & Supplies

Los Angeles

 

Tender Care Pet Products/Mobile Pet Grooming

Los Angeles

 

The Dog House

Los Angeles

 

The Urban Pet (1st location)

Los Angeles

 

The Urban Pet (2nd location)

Los Angeles

 

Wagville

Los Angeles

 

Malibu Grooming Company

Malibu

 

Pet Foods Market & Supplies

Manhattan Beach

 

Red Barn

North Hollywood

 

Collar & Leash, Inc.

Pacific Palisades

 

Pet Foods Market & Supplies

Palos Verdes Estates

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies

Pasadena

 

K9 Loft

Pasadena

 

My Pet Garden

Pasadena

 

Paw Boutique

Pasadena

 

TAMS Pet Food and Supplies

Reseda

 

Animal Kingdom of Santa Monica

Santa Monica

 

Animal Wellness Centers

Santa Monica

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies

Santa Monica

 

Got Pet Food

Santa Monica

 

Healthy Spot

Santa Monica

 

To Wag For

Santa Monica

 

K9 Loft

Sherman Oaks

 

Pets, Naturally

Sherman Oaks

 

Collar & Leash, Inc.

Silver Lake

 

Kriser's

Studio City

 

Mark's Pet Supplies

Studio City

 

Maxwell Dog

Studio City

 

Rusty's Discount Pet Center, Inc.

Studio City

 

Pet Supreme Inc.

Sylmar

 

Red Barn

Tarzana

 

Healthy Pet

Thousand Oaks

 

Allan’s Aquarium & Pet Center

Venice

 

Red Barn

West Hills

 

Collar & Leash, Inc.

West Hollywood

 

Healthy Spot

West Hollywood

 

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies

West Los Angeles

 

Pet Life

Woodland Hills

 

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.

Last week, The HSUS reached a milestone for its Puppy Friendly Pet Stores program with the 2,000th pet store signing the pledge since its inception. To find out more about the program, go to humanesociety.org/puppystores.

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.

Media Contact: Niki Ianni, 301-548-7793, nianni@humanesociety.org

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