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Interactive Map Shows Which Pet Stores Support Puppy Mills

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 3:45pm
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Does your local pet store help perpetuate animal cruelty? The sad reality is…many do. You see, most puppies sold in pet store come from puppy mills. So if your pet store has a slew of roly-poly pups for sale, chances are it supports a very cruel industry. To make matters worse, by giving stores that sell puppies your business, you’re actually supporting puppy mills, too!

“Most people just don’t realize that pet store puppies come from puppy mills,” says Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of our Puppy Mills Campaign, “and that by shopping for pet supplies at stores that sell puppies, you’re actually supporting puppy mills.”

Take Action
We’re here to help! Our new interactive map shows pet stores across the country that sell puppies. All you have to do is pledge not to shop at them.

“It’s an easy action that takes a big stand against puppy mills,” explains Menkin. “If a store sells puppies, don't buy anything there—not pet food, kitty litter, squeaky toys—nothing.”

So where can you shop? Not to worry—we have a second map dedicated to highlighting the awesome pet stores that work with local shelters to offer dogs for adoption. Check ‘em out!

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Linda Maloney

In my area there are a small chain of pet stores that sell puppies. The owners, whose husbands are vets & should know better, tell the customers that they have "their own breeders". This translated to having a contract with a puppy mill!! The unsuspecting customer who pays enormous prices for these dogs are told they can have their puppy checked out by a local vet (their husbands)! I have boycotted these stores & have encouraged others to do the same!

Linda Maloney

In my area there are a small chain of pet stores that sell puppies. The owners, whose husbands are vets & should know better, tell the customers that they have "their own breeders". This translated to having a contract with a puppy mill!! The unsuspecting customer who pays enormous prices for these dogs are told they can have their puppy checked out by a local vet (their husbands)! I have boycotted these stores & have encouraged others to do the same!

Jessica

If you want to put up a map inferring that the stores on it use puppy mill dogs, do your research first. You can't lump all stores that sell puppies into the puppy mill cycle. I ended up buying a puppy because my efforts to adopt a specific breed were unsuccessful. I have 2 cats that we've adopted, and I've rescued many dogs. Off the actual street, or 1 step before the pound. I bought my puppy from a store that visits their breeders and works with several organizations to ensure they are not purchasing puppy mill pups. I am disappointed in the lack of forethought that went into this "interactive map" you have up. I am proud of my dog and proud of where I got him from. That store is 1 of the 3%, and you shouldn't lob them in with everyone else.

vicki l. craig

Please!!! Make me understand... Why Can't We Make LAWS To Prevent And Protect Against The OVER BREEDING of innocent animals?! It seems only logical, that the FIRST STEP would be is to create specific laws, and practice strict enforcement thereof, to STOP the Over Breeding of statistically potential victim(s); Only THEN would it be reasonably possible to Stop the Abuse, Neglect and Homelessness of The Innocent!!!

Joan Hertel

Puppy Mills are awful--but if a store does not sell its cute puppy mill puppies, what happens to them? Do they get killed?

Keath Rhymer

I found massive errors with this map and listings. I searched 2 areas I know personally in Indiana and KY and they both listed TSC which sell no puppies or dogs. They do adoption events with local rescues via Petfinder sponsorship. I also called a friend at tsc corporate and he also said no tsc sells dogs or puppies anywhere they only still do adoption events working with Petfinder

Debi

If the pet stores sell puppies from puppy mills why don't they just shut down the pet stores and there would be no where to sell them. Would seem the end to the problem.

Debi

If the pet stores sell puppies from puppy mills why don't they just shut down the pet stores and there would be no where to sell them. Would seem the end to the problem.

Cathy

because we are a free market country... it is not the stores... its the laws. Dog breeding is not a crime, inhumane treatment is

Cathy

For all the posts ----- while you may be against animal abuse, and you vocalize it in places like these comment sections... i'll assure you it does nothing to prevent what is happening to our animals in the hands of those who don't care since they do not read these posts... Having said that, what does help is active involvement. Whether it is fostering, providing supplies to reputable rescue organizations, donations to ASPCA (which is an excellent choice since they work to change laws, etc, or maybe just signing up as a volunteer at some adoption event. Speak loudly and often to your friends and relatives, Facebook, twitter, and anyone who will listen. Don't turn a blind eye and simply complain. If all those who complained became active in some manner.... the result would be positively significant to animal welfare. Check out animalrescuecorps.org. An amazing national rescue organization who trains volunteers all over the country. The most outstanding action they perform is responding to calls where puppy mills have been busted. They retrieve, house, provide medical attention, rehabilitate, and network/coordinate with other animal advocacy groups including legal services to place these animals in their forever homes. Again - ANIMALRESCUECORPS.ORG

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