The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that as a result of the efforts of their volunteers and local advocates, 80 Los Angeles-area pet stores have signed The HSUS’ Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge. This pledge is a commitment to not to sell puppies. Instead, the pet stores will support local animal adoption programs and provide literature that explains to customers how to get a puppy from such responsible sources.
The stores that sign the HSUS pledge receive a placard proclaiming, “We love puppies; that’s why we don’t sell them,” to display in the store. The HSUS encourages pet owners to purchase pet supplies at stores that display the sign. The actions of these pet supply retailers proves that it is not necessary to support the cruel puppy mill trade in order to operate a lucrative pet business.
This comes on the heels of the decision of the Los Angeles City Council at the end of October to ban sales of animals from commercial breeders in pet stores. That law, however, does not go into effect for another 4 months.
The complete list of Los Angeles pet stores that signed the pledge is on the HSUS web site.
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