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San Francisco Wages War On Puppy Mills, Says Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Animals

Once again California leads the way! Since the current administration is turning a blind eye to the abuse of animals by allowing vital information about animal abuse to be deleted from the USDA website, the city of San Francisco is taking the matter into their own hands as far as cracking down on puppy mills: San Francisco Wages War On Puppy Mills, Says Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Animals | The Huffington Post

In my community, we have only one pet store that sells puppies from puppy mills and that is Petco. However, Petco does allow local pet rescues to bring their dogs that are adoptable into the store at least once a week, Sunday afternoons. They usually show about a dozen dogs, mostly smaller breeds. It draws a big crowd with people who just want to come in and visit with these cast off creatures. I am going to write a letter to Petco corporate management and suggest they follow San Francisco's lead and stop selling puppies from puppy mills and concentrate only on rescue dogs (and cats) because it makes financial sense (cents) to them due to bringing in lots of foot traffic. Ricky loves to visit with the doggies (but he is not allowed to play with them) and we always leave the store with an impulse purchase!

I believe this type of proactive local legislation is going to become more popular, at least in California, and we can put puppy mills out of business!

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The problem is, many "rescues" (not all, for sure, but many) have basically become the new way to make money on dogs. "Adoption fees" of $500 are not adoption fees. That's SELLING dogs.

I have NO problem with the pet stores that allow rescue groups to hold "adoption days" for local rescues. I have as much problem with pet stores selling "rescue" dogs (that are still kept in cramped pet store quarters) as I do with them selling puppy mills dogs.

Petco does not sell dogs of any sort in MA. But they make a LOT of money from people who get dogs (or cats) at adoption days, because they sell discount "packages" of everything one needs when bringing home a new dog. Petsmart does them one better by having their Banfield vet services right there. So people get signed up for "well puppy" care on day one. I, personally would never use Banfield, but I'm sure it's better than nothing!

So I'd urge people to urge pet stores not to sell dogs or cats at all. Allow adoption events and make money on meeting the needs of new pet owners.


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This what our local Petco does, they allow local rescue services use their floorspace for free and then hope to get the new owners as customers. Petco des have some reputable products if you shop carefully. The adoption services bring in their own ex-pens, set them up indoors, and the rescues are in the quite large pens for no more than two or three hours. Petco makes nothing on the sale of rescues. Cost runs about $150 for a rescue for neutering/spay, vaccinations, and a clean bill of health from a Vet, plus a small profit for the rescue service.

Aside from that, our local Petco has crates where I see an occasional puppy or cat from a puppy mill. They are kept in these crates pretty much the whole day and night (other than go out every few hours to relieve themselves) where children and adults poke their fingers into the crate and harass the poor things. WE NEED TO STOP THIS KIND OF PRACTICE!

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This what our local Petco does, they allow local rescue services use their floorspace for free and then hope to get the new owners as customers. Petco des have some reputable products if you shop carefully. The adoption services bring in their own ex-pens, set them up indoors, and the rescues are in the quite large pens for no more than two or three hours. Petco makes nothing on the sale of rescues. Cost runs about $150 for a rescue for neutering/spay, vaccinations, and a clean bill of health from a Vet, plus a small profit for the rescue service.

Aside from that, our local Petco has crates where I see an occasional puppy or cat from a puppy mill. They are kept in these crates pretty much the whole day and night (other than go out every few hours to relieve themselves) where children and adults poke their fingers into the crate and harass the poor things. WE NEED TO STOP THIS KIND OF PRACTICE!

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That its the way adoption events should be held, and I would;t even hold it against an organization that charged $300 for a rescue dog who is neutered and UTD on shots. But when they want $500 for a dog, as many do... They are essentially selling dogs for profit.

And as for puppy mill puppies (or cats) being kept in crates and sold... SHAME on them. I wouldn't shop in a store that did that. Fortunately, ours do not, and you're right. We do shop there from time to time too.
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Our Petco sells cats but not dogs. I've seen cat adoption events there but not dog adoption events. We love our Petco because they have small breed puppy play time for a half hour every Saturday. Because Shama is no longer a puppy puppy, I keep expecting them to cut us off, but they haven't so far . . .

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