Thursday, September 8, 2011

Does your pet store sell puppies? It's time to find a new one

Liam the pug as a very small puppy
Puppies should never come from pet stores.
By now, almost everyone knows they shouldn't buy puppies from pet stores. We've all heard the horror stories about the puppy mills that supply these stores with their pups. These puppy mills breed dogs in truly horrific conditions, and the dogs you'll get from a pet store may have serious genetic problems due to inbreeding and overcrowding.

That's enough about that.

I would also urge you to boycott pet stores that sell pets. Even if you just pop into the pet store to buy toys from your dog you rescued from the pound, you're still supplying that store with income and keeping it in business. Don't give the store any business until the pet trade in the store stops.

Here's an example. The Oregon Humane Society stepped in and rescued a staggering number of animals from a Newport pet store. Many puppies were rescued in this raid. While many people might not buy a puppy from a store like this, they may not think twice about buying kibble or treats from a store that sells dogs. This has to stop.

Every time you walk into a pet store that sells dogs, walk right back out the door. We need to send a message with our dollars.

In the Portland area, there are many pet stores that do not sell things with heartbeats. Green Dog Pet Supply and Furever Pets are my personal favorites. There are many, many more.

Let's all do our part to stop the pet trade.