How Department Stores Protect Against Puppy Mills

Puppies can come from many places, but is it a good idea to get them from your local pet Shop?

Many people think pet stores are the place to go for pet adoptions. However, this is not necessarily the best option if you are looking to become the first owner of a new puppy. Large pet stores like Petsmart love to partner with local rescues in their area to facilitate adoptions, and expecting pet parents have the process handled by each store’s adoption center. However, not all pet stores adhere to ethical practices when it comes to new pets that need their first owner. Occasionally, your new best friend may come from a puppy mill or an unethical breeder, so it’s important to know what to ask for and research the store you’re adopting from.

Adopting Petsmart and other pet stores

A handful of pet stores believe in partnering with animal rescues to help local communities. Stores bring in adoptable pets and adopt them into their forever homes at rescue-sponsored adoption events. Often, cat adoptions can happen at any time. Our Northern California Petsmart store partners with the local SPCA and has kittens in store all the time right by the registers, so they’re pretty hard to miss – Having kids makes you want to opt for in-store pickup. curb if you want to get in and out quickly. (And without an extra furry friend!)

During peak kitten season, they have the kittens in multiple locations in the store, so even if you buy bird food, you may encounter dozens of kittens staring at you while you make your selections.

Petco stores also partner with their local rescues to ensure adoptable cats and dogs find their forever homes and get out of shelters. You can often see the cats during store hours, but you may have to wait for an adoption event to bring one home. However, if you’re looking for small pets like guinea pigs, rats, and mice, you can purchase them from the cages in their specific aisles; the same goes for reptiles.

Pet Food Express only works with rescues and does not have small animals, fish, birds or reptiles that other pet stores have. You can view kittens and cats anytime, but they have a limited adoption window. Potential adopters are welcome during the meet and greet windows to play with a few cats to see if any of them would be a good fit. You interact with the rescue during the adoption process and not with the store employees. We got our cat Bandit during one of these adoption windows; she came home with a microchip, sterilized and her first round of vaccines. Dog adoptions are usually separate events and sometimes come with discounts on pet supplies like leashes and food.

Stores like Pet Supplies Plus, Pet Supermarket and a few others across the country are also teaming up with local rescues. They all have similar setups and ensure rescue pets are adopted into loving homes.

Rescues that partner with these pet stores make sure all cats and dogs are cared for before they go home. If they are not ready to be neutered or neutered, they wait to adopt them until they have been modified.

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While some pet stores partner with rescues, others get their puppies directly from suppliers, and you never really know where they came from.

1. Puppies can come from plants

Puppy mills often take their dogs to pet stores. A puppy mill is a commercial breeder that does not care about animal welfare and generally keeps puppies in substandard conditions. Puppies can be sick and always sent to a pet store, leaving pet owners with a furry family member who can become expensive quickly.

2. Pet stores can be expensive

Pet stores often charge more per puppy than a pet breeder. Some offer financing or store credit options, but they can come with hard-to-swallow interest rates.

3. Lack of knowledge about the breed

Some store employees may not know the exact breed of the puppy or its history. If you’re trying to decide if the puppy is right for your home, they may not be able to help you the way a breeder would. At this point, it will be best to do your own research and not rely on the store.

4. No parental history

When you buy from a pet store, you will have no access to the puppy’s parental history. It’s important to know your pet’s medical history so you can prepare for what might happen in the future. Of course, no one can guarantee that your dog will be completely healthy for the rest of his life.

5. Terrible experience

Adopting from a pet store does not give you the opportunity to get to know your new pet. Usually you don’t spend a lot of time together and you don’t get the chance to bond. When you adopt from a shelter or kennel, you have a lot more time to get to know your puppy.

States that ban the sale of puppies in pet stores

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According to Animal Legal Defense Fund, many states are fighting puppy mills by banning sales of puppies in pet stores. In 2017, California led the charge to stop commercially bred animals in pet stores.

Soon after, Maryland followed suit. At the time of this publication, the two states are the only ones to ban the retail sale of puppies, but many cities and counties have passed similar laws locally. For example, cities like Cook County, Philadelphia and Boston have decided to stop the sale of pets in retail stores.

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