Preemptive Pet Store Ordinances Matter

Why a Preemptive Pet Store Ordinance Matters

  • Ensures that the city/county becomes and will ALWAYS remain a humane community.
  • Sends a strong message to decision-makers at all levels that constituents will not support the retail sale of commercially-bred pets sourced from mills or unethical backyard breeders.
  • Impacts the future puppy/kitten mill economic pipelines; disallowing the future retail sale of commercially bred puppies & kittens from mills.
  • Encourages other jurisdictions to choose to become humane and to take similar steps.
  • Establishes an ordinance model for other jurisdictions to easily follow.
  • Positively supports pet supply stores with a humane business model; stores that sell ONLY pet supplies and offer adoption venues to local rescues or shelters.
  • Positively affects the adoption of rescue/shelter animals in a region.
  • Eventually helps to reduce the shelter resource needs/costs in a region.
  • Eventually drives down shelter euthanasia numbers and expense.
  • Provides consumer protection from the tragic and hidden commercial breeding industry.
  • Supports responsible and reputable local breeders; those who provide appropriate care for the pets they breed. (Responsible breeders NEVER sell to pet stores.)
  • Reaches beyond the jurisdiction, educating residents and others about the puppy and kitten mill / pet store connection.
  • Inspires others to get involved in creating humane communities.
  • Promotes community awareness about canine welfare issues.
  • Positions the community as a champion of animal welfare.