No Pet Store Puppies!

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No Pet Store Puppies!

Golden Retriever PupIn a recent study, the ASPCA found that 78 percent of all adults in the United States don’t know that a great number of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, yet 80 percent of adults wouldn’t buy a dog that came from a puppy mill. These results prompted the ASPCA to launch a new public-awareness campaign called No Pet Store Puppies, which prompts consumers to take an online pledge not to shop at pet stores that sell pups.

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  • Tell your friends – Use this easy tool to send an email, post to your facebook wall or tweet the pledge.
  • Print and post copies of this flyer to help spread the word.

Why It’s Important

Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills.  Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, socialization or even food and water.

No Pet Store Puppies

“It’s hard to resist those cute little puppies in the pet store windows, but most people have no idea where they come from,” Laurie Beacham, senior director of ASPCA Strategy & Campaigns, said in a release. “We continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter or seek a responsible breeder so that the puppy mill industry becomes unsustainable.”

Purchasing a puppy at a pet store often supports the horrible puppy mill industry.  Buying anything in pet stores that sell puppies supports the industry too!  Buy all your pet supplies – toys, pet food, kitty litter – from stores that do not sell puppies or buy your pet supplies online.


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About Author

Vicki CookVicki Stringfellow Cook is a mom, self-professed crazy cat lady and a passionate pet blogger. Her blog is dedicated to her pet rabbit, Bunny Jean Cook, and it focuses on animals and animal-related causes. She is also a volunteer fundraiser for Nipclub, a virtual "nightclub" on Twitter that raises money for animal charities, and she writes for as the Pittsburgh Animal Rescue Examiner.View all posts by Vicki Cook →

  1. melF

    Nice post Vicki. I think it’s good that we spend some time educating folks. I am always surprised at how many people don’t know.

  2. michelle hodges
    michelle hodges10-31-2011


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