California weighs limiting pet store sales to rescue animals
If you love animals and have the desire to start your career in a pet store or as a groomer, many pet shops need to hire workers now.
(a) The pet store operator or at least one of his or her employees shall be present in the store at least once daily, regardless of whether the store is open, for care and maintenance of the animals in the pet store.
Pet shop employees routinely deny that they purchase from mills, or brokers that trade in puppy mill animals. They claim that they purchase puppies from 'reputable breeders and that the AKC papers prove it. As long as pet store customers purchase puppies, puppy mills will have a market. If you purchase a puppy, another animal will take it’s place. The mothers of the pups will continue to suffer.
petition: Stop selling puppy mill animals at pet stores
Also a bigger variety of animals than most chain pet stores
Mr. O’Donnell introduced Assembly Bill 485, which has cleared the state Assembly. If passed, the bill would prohibit pet stores anywhere in California from selling dogs, cats or rabbits, unless the animal was obtained through a rescue or shelter. This is already the model used by the nation’s largest pet retailers, Petco and PetSmart. This model would certainly provide greater visibility to shelter animals by getting them out of the shelter environment and into a public storefront, thus increasing their chance for adoption. A similar bill passed in Chula Vista in 2012 followed by San Diego in 2013 and then bans in Solana Beach, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos and Carlsbad. Today, more than 230 cities in North America have banned the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores, 35 in California alone.We need conscientious and responsible local breeders to breed animals humanely and partner with animal welfare groups like San Diego Humane Society to ensure animals remain safe and united with their families. Pet stores are not supporting local breeders; they are supporting cruel and inhumane puppy and kittens mills. Truly responsible breeders want to meet their buyers in person and do not sell to the first person with cash in hand.Ironically, in much of the United States, San Diego included, we’re actually running out of puppies, which is why we need responsible breeders. But responsible breeders are not selling their animals in pet stores. Puppies in pet stores come from out-of-state puppy (or kitten) mills. They’re born from overbred mothers and kept in intolerably inhumane conditions.Pet stores cause countless , cats, , rabbits, reptiles, and other animals to endure extreme pain and suffering. Here are four reasons why you should NEVER buy an animal from a pet store: