San Francisco Makes It Law For Pet Shops To Only Adopt Out Rescued Dogs & Cats!

We are very excited to announce that San Francisco has officially banned the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores that come from puppy mills.

So what is a puppy mill? They are large scale commercial dog breeding facilities that profit off of breeding and selling dogs usually to retail pet shops.

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Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters. Puppy mill puppies, often as young as eight weeks of age, are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the Internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets.

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In a puppy mill, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked on top of each other. When female breeding dogs reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, they are often killed.

Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.23.25 PMKathy Tang introduced the ordinance to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores that was voted on unanimously by The San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Pet stores can no longer sell dogs and cats that are not from shelters or rescues.

San Francisco thankfully does not have any pet shops currently selling dogs and cats, although this important ordinance would allow the city’s Animal Care and Control Department to prevent future shops from opening in the city.

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“This ordinance will serve as a deterrent, preventing a business from moving into San Francisco and selling animals from irresponsible mass-producing breeders that churn out puppies and kittens as if they were on assembly line.”

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Unfortunately, breeders will still be able to do business in the city, but the ordinance will help many homeless dogs and cats, now being adopted out from pet shops instead of sitting in the shelter where they would have little to no time to find a loving forever home.

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You can help end puppy mills and support the adoption of shelter and rescue animals by signing and sharing Care2’s petition demanding the U.S. Department of Agriculture stop shielding animal cruelty by restoring animal welfare records to its website. SIGN HERE! 

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