We’ve reached a milestone here at HSUS. In 2008 we launched our Puppy Friendly Pet Stores program – to encourage pet-shop retailers to make it their corporate policy not to sell puppies and to educate interested customers about how to get a puppy from a shelter or reputable breeder instead. Some years ago, PetSmart and Petco – the two largest retailers in the sector – took the lead in shunning the sale of dogs. They realized they didn’t need to sell dogs and cats to make a profit, and they showed a new way.
Following their lead, HSUS launched a campaign to have the entire industry embrace this business model, and grassroots advocates joined in. I am pleased to say we just signed on our 1,000th Puppy Friendly Pet Store – an accomplishment that I thought would be months or even a year ahead. When a store signs our Puppy-Friendly Pet Store pledge, it promises not to sell puppies. Each store also receives a sign proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store and free materials for their customers about how to adopt or find a pet from a humane source.
Please join me in making a New Year's resolution to shop only at pet stores and Internet sites that don’t sell puppies, such as our Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores, which can be found in more than 40 states. Look up your local puppy friendly pet stores by state at humanesociety.org/puppystores. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch with you about how you can help expand this important program.