Local Pennsylvania store chain drops puppy sales; makes important statement

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I was really pleased to see this headline flash up on the Pack News Wire earlier today: “Pets Plus stops selling animals raised in puppy mills.”

The Montgomery News article reports Pets Plus stores in the Philadelphia area are joining the Humane Society of the United States program to end the sale of puppies. The article notes more customers are going into the stores to shop, since the change to holding adoptions only.

There is an ever-growing understanding in the general public as to the risk of buying puppies from stores. The odds are far too great that the puppies are bred in puppy mills.

The last local store in my home city that was selling puppies went out of business a few years ago. The only other puppy seller shut that store down several years prior.

A new pet-supply store just opened here, part of a national chain. Before the site opened, I spoke with the manager who emphatically stated they would not be selling dogs or cats and would be hosting adoption events.

Stores still claiming they need to sell puppies to stay in business are living in the 1950s and need to update their business models in a huge way. Many of the national chains and a host of local stores all across the nation learned long ago that selling puppies is a loser in every aspect of the term.

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Review: Very interesting editorial on puppy mills

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The Arizona Daily Star ran a thought-provoking editorial Monday, concerning a proposed ban on pet sales in stores in Tucson, Ariz. and the connection to puppy mills.

The writer notes data from the Humane Society of the US – where it is reported an estimated “176,000 dogs are held for breeding in more than 10,000 puppy mills nationwide. Millions of puppies are the product.”

A quote is included from an Arizona Republic article, by Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates. He claims bans such as this are “part of a systematic approach that we’ve seen where behavior by businesses is being criminalized.”

These all-or-nothing” and turning slippery slopes to falling off the cliffs need to stop. Animal-welfare advocates are only trying to criminalize criminal behavior.

The writer does understand the horrors of puppy mills. But then we have following that requires a bit of a correction:

Some pet stores, including PetSmart and Petco, sell animals from local shelters. It’s good PR and good business.

PetSmart and Petco are not selling homeless pets. These stores are allowing adoptions on site from local rescue groups.

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Wacky Mentality for Nov. 4: Odd statements on breeding and animal welfare

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Some people just continue to pull in their thoughts from regions beyond our solar system. This, of course, is assuming intelligent life does not exist beyond the Earth. But then again, intelligent life is limited here too.

The Pack News Wire included an editorial posted on HoosierAGToday.com – under the headline: “The Hidden Agenda Behind The Animal Care Movement.”
This was odd enough. Not the ‘animal rights movement,’ as we typically see. The headline suggests the animal care movement has a hidden agenda. What? – your vet is out to take over the world?

But Gary Truitt actually states – “The real agenda behind the animal activist movement is the total domination and, in some cases, elimination of animal agriculture.”

The fact that this is not happening really doesn’t seem to bother Truitt. But his claims are really based on the fact that those who support compassion and animal welfare want to see abuse exposed, in some cases with undercover video of people actually torturing animals.

So since people with compassion want to prevent acts of animal cruelty and see to it that abuse is uncovered, Truitt falsely claims that means they want total domination. That’s wacky.

AND – A headline on RoyalCentral.co.uk reads – “Animal Welfare Act endangers the Queens corgis.”

And why is this claim made? – Because the act bans the act of tail docking for cosmetic reasons for dogs.
So if breeders don’t get to engage in this completely unnecessary but cruel practice, they just don’t want to breed that dog. So the fear is the Queen won’t be able to buy more corgis because those who set the breed standard won’t like the dogs with full tails – the way nature intended.

From the piece –

The ban on docking has changed the look of the corgi; therefore breeders are not continuing to raise the Pembroke Corgi.
Just because they don’t get to chop off each dog’s tail. That’s wacky.
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Falling below the number required will place in on a “vulnerable native breeds list.”

Native breeds list – ? They are all related to wolves. The welfare of the dogs should come first, not a native breeds list.

The Queen should decree henceforth to adopt homeless pets. What a great example that would set.

 

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A scary headline about adoption – but underneath is not so bad

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I ran across a troubling headline on the Raining Cats and Dogs blog on the Chicago Now website. The headline: “Why you should think twice before you adopt a dog.”

My first reactions included: ‘What? – They prefer you purchase a puppy?’ and ‘Oh no – they’re anti-adoption.’

But the body of the blog post offers more in the way of a primer for people who want to add a furry family member. And it seems to be an effort to make sure fewer homeless pets are returned to shelters, because some people might go into the decision with blinders on.

But the writer is not suggesting people go out and buy puppies.

It is important to note that people can be better assured of matching a dog or cat to their families if they adopt – as opposed to buying a pet. This is one myth often promoted by supporters of breeding and breeder groups.

But those who buy from a breeder before they’ve fully researched the operation and before they have taken a full tour of the breeding facility, are taking the risk of not knowing what the outcome will be. And those who purchase puppies who are younger than 12 weeks are making a risky choice. In both cases, it’s risky for the puppies and the breeding dogs.

So the best choice is to talk with the volunteers at local rescue groups, who have fostered or otherwise cared for the homeless pet you might want to adopt. Often, they have a clear picture of the pet’s behavior and health and how well they might get along with other pets and children.

In every way – including the fact that a life is being saved – adoption is the best option.

 

 

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Adoptable kittens to be featured in Kitten Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday

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The Hallmark Channel has announced a new special for Super Bowl Sunday – “Kitten Bowl.” So joining the Puppy Bowl will be adoptable kittens on the TV field.

It is great that that the networks are promoting the adoption of homeless pets with specials such at this.

The full Hallmark press release:

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THE BIGGEST SUNDAY IN ALL OF SPORTS HAS A BRAND NEW TRADITION!
HALLMARK CHANNEL’S ‘KITTEN BOWL’

Hallmark Channel’s Three-Hour Original Special Filled with Purr-Fectly Adoptable Kittens Performing in the Biggest Feline Sports Show in TV History

Attention, sports fans! Hallmark Channel announces a brand new tradition that is sure to become the most talked about big game on television! On Sunday, February 2, 2014 (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET/PT), Hallmark Channel opens its stadium doors to the greatest feline showdown in cable television history, “Kitten Bowl,” a three-hour Hallmark Channel Original Special featuring the world’s most adorable – and adoptable – kittens in the mother lode of cat agility competition. The special, which will be presented annually, is supported by the network’s animal welfare partner, American Humane Association, and is just one of many high-profile commitments the company has made to its evergreen Pet Project initiative. With American Humane Association, Hallmark Channel’s in-house production team will scour rescue associations and shelters searching for kitty competitors whose enduring prize will be a loving, forever home. “Kitten Bowl” is a bonanza of opportunity for Ad Sales and product integration and will feature a live streaming internet channel to catch every delightful, charming, or inspirational moment. Suiting up as judges, referees, and sideline trainers will be Hallmark Channel’s top tier Original Movie talent. And, in a first for the network, viewers at home will vote in social media for the MVK – Most Valuable Kitten. Continue reading

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Video: A great tribute to old dogs

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My wife and I have adopted older dogs and have lived with others for many years, into their senior years. Please consider adopting a senior dog. They need us. Many of them have been through a life-changing event and need your love.

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Katic Couric to promote animal welfare on her TV show

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On the Thursday (Dec. 13) edition of her TV show “Katie,” Katie Couric will dedicate the entire episode to one of her favorite causes.

From the press release:

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“Katie” has gone to the dogs – for one day, that is! On Thursday, Katie Couric dedicates her show to our canine companions. Dog lover Carrie Ann Inaba stops by to talk about the animal cause close to her heart, you’ll meet some hero dogs and the people they’ve helped, plus an organization that helps shelter dogs gets an amazing surprise from Pedigree.

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