Petland USA, Stop Selling Pets – Fire Puppy Mills!

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Petland USA, Stop Selling Pets – Fire Puppy Mills!

Daisy Mill Dog by Mel Freer

Daisy the Mill Dog by Mel Freer

Petland Canada has come to the conclusion that, with many towns and cities legislating a ban on selling pets and people picketing outside their stores, it was time they announced a change in policy. Petland Canada announced on September 9 they will no longer sell puppies and kittens in their stores. This is great news from Canada!

But what about Petland USA?  Why no turnaround? Let’s join pet-loving voices from around the world until we are heard in America too!

Act Now!

  • Paste the following across your social media outlets:

Tell @Petland USA to Stop Selling Pets! Sign the Petition: #BTC4A  #Change

Bloggers! Blog Fans! Blog The Change!

  • Rally your posts and comments around a single cause this Saturday, October 15th.
    Tell Petland USA to join Petland Canada, and stop pet sales. Here’s how!
  • Get listed as a supporting participant in the media release!
    Plan to post? Leave your blog’s domain in comments below by Wednesday, Midnight.

Why It Matters

Daisy the Mill Dog by Mel Freer

Daisy the Mill Dog by Mel Freer

Petland USA stores get 95% of their puppies from puppy mills. HSUS investigators visited 21 stores in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and elsewhere and checked the transport records tracing the origin of 17,000 puppies shipped to Petland stores. It was the largest investigation of its kind to date. Wayne Pacelle remarked in his follow-up post, More Evidence of Petland-Puppymill Enterprise : “In fact, more than 80 of Petland’s outlets were found buying from the Hunte Corporation alone, a massive Missouri broker that traffics in approximately 80,000 puppies a year.”

Investigators visited Petland’s breeders to check living conditions and found that most had hundreds of cages of dogs that were never walked or socialized, stinking of urine, living lives of desperation.

A cross-check of USDA investigation records was conducted that confirmed abuse and repeat abuse by Petland’s suppliers – the same suppliers they tell customers are “family breeders”.  HSUS reported “One facility in Minnesota provided such a lack of adequate care, according to a USDA inspection report, that a dead dog and puppy weren’t removed in a timely manner. Despite the serious violations, Petland stores continue to buy from these unscrupulous mills.”

This is not old news. This is unfinished business, an on-going project that requires your help, your interest, your passion for the welfare of animals, and perhaps most of all your persistence.  If we in the animal loving family can’t do this, who will?

Just two minutes to sign and share the petition could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Another 15 minutes to write a short post on your blog, or on Facebook. Our puppies should not have to wait. Let’s do this together – now!

Editor’s note: Author Mary Haight created this campaign in partnership with and For more on how she made that happen, and how you can too, read her post, “How To Petition: The Unexpected Activist.”

UPDATE: October 14, 2011 from
Bloggers Challenge Petland to Cut Puppy Mill Ties” by Stephanie Feldstein never asks you to spend a cent,
just a few minutes of your time.

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About Author

Mary HaightMary Haight was fascinated with animals from a young age. She began taking care of whatever showed up in her yard–cats, birds, chipmunks. Mary, a cat person until allergies hit, got her first dog as an adult, and was surprised at all the lessons learned, like puppy energy requires patience. Mary’s been learning from animals ever since, working with horses and dogs. Currently living in the Chicago area with her dog Tashi, Mary is an officer on the board of Lake Shore Animal Shelter, one of the first No-Kill shelters in the US, serves on the board of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance and is founder of the podcast site Animal Cafe. She has been involved in animal welfare for over 15 years.View all posts by Mary Haight →

  1. Crystal Gibson
    Crystal Gibson10-11-2011

    Will definitely be posting on the 15th. I am going to put the post together now and set it up to post that morning. Don’t want to miss out on this important cause!!

  2. Kristine

    Of course I will be posting on the 15th! The fantastic gains we have made in Canada this past year have given me so much hope for the rest of the continent. If people refuse spend their money at stores that support puppy mills, and make it very clear why they have stopped doing so, the companies will be forced to change their policies to stay afloat. If it happened here, it can happen in the US as well. People just need to take the final stand.

  3. Lorie Huston, DVM
    Lorie Huston, DVM10-11-2011

    I’ll be blogging about this too on the 15th. It’s too important an issue not to draw as much attention as we can to it. I’ve personally seen these puppies and the devastated owners, most of whom were totally unaware that their new puppy was a puppy mill puppy. It’s disgraceful that it still continues and it’s time to stop it.

    I’ll blog about it from Pet Health Care Gazette> and Social Media Savvy Pets

  4. Kim Clune
    Kim Clune10-11-2011

    Count me in! And thanks for joining us, Crystal and Kristine!

  5. Kolchak & Jodi
    Kolchak & Jodi10-11-2011

    We have already written our Blog the Change post, but this is such a worthy cause…we’ll just have to write two this month, I guess.

    Count Kol’s Notes in!

    Jodi & Kolchak

  6. Kirsten

    I am so glad I came across this! October 15 is my Greta’s “birthday” and as a puppy mill rescue herself, I can’t think of a better way to help more dogs like her than to blog about this. I have a post scheduled to post early in the AM on the 15th.

  7. Kim Thomas
    Kim Thomas10-12-2011

    Oh, Kirsten, what a wonderful birthday gift for Greta! You can count me in – I hope everyone blogs about this!

  8. Maggie

    Count me in, too!

  9. Peggy @Peggy's Pet Place
    Peggy @Peggy's Pet Place10-12-2011

    I am definitely posting about this Saturday on Blog the Change!

  10. Cristin

    Animal Rescues of Michigan is in!

  11. Doreen

    As most know, this is a subject that I have first knowledge of. I will absolutley be posting on Saturday.

  12. Amy@GoPetFriendly

    I’m in!

  13. admin

    Hurrah! Confirmed participants blogging about Petland on Saturday so far:

  14. Andrea Cloutier
    Andrea Cloutier10-12-2011

    Please add me too.

  15. Vicki Cook
    Vicki Cook10-12-2011

    Me too!

  16. Ashley

    Prudence and I will definitely be posting!

  17. Amy
    Amy10-12-2011 will definitely be participating this Saturday!

  18. Edie

    I’m in too!

  19. Leslie

    I’ve been waiting for the next Blog the Change event since I started blogging in August. This is a great topic to tackle and with so much progress being made recently, it can be another nail in the coffin of a dying cruelty.

    Count me in!

  20. MelF

    I’m in! Did you need to ask? :)

  21. Ashley

    I will be participating!

  22. Pup Fan
    Pup Fan10-13-2011

    I’m late, but I’ll be posting on Saturday!

  23. admin

    A mighty fine list of committed supporters!

    Thank you, everybody!
    I look forward to Saturday’s blitz!

  24. Debby

    Dang I’m late but will post on Saturday!

  25. Ashley

    This will be my first time participating in Blog The Change…is there a linky code that we’re supposed to add to the code of our posts?

  26. Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie
    Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie10-14-2011

    darn it, Mommy! You LATE for posting that we’ll pawticipate! *sigh* good Human help SOOOO hard to find! We’ll be dictating our Blog the Change post to Mommy for tomorrow!!

  27. Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie
    Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie10-14-2011

    WOOT! Bloggie is DONE! We interviewed the people at Missouri’s largest no-kill shelter on their program to partner with ASPCA to help rescue dogs from puppy mills. We got some great info on the major medical conditions they deal with and the great lengths required to resocialize these poor animals so they can be placed in forever homes.

    Maybe if people get a good behind-the-scenes look at what these poor dogs are like when they come out of such horrid conditions, they’ll be more active about helping to put a stop to it!!

  28. Paris Permenter
    Paris Permenter10-14-2011

    Blog post in progress!!

  29. Chandra

    Signed the petition and will be sharing! Thank you for publicizing and working on this issue. And thank you for creating “Blog The Change For Animals,” I always enjoy taking part and learning about issues and efforts!

    -Chandra at Daley’s Dog Years

  30. admin

    Ya’ll made it in under the wire and will be in the press release too. Thank you!

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