Restricting pet store animal trade

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies believes that the best place to acquire a pet is from a reputable animal shelter, and we urge Canadians not to buy pets through classifieds, the Internet or pet stores.

These are the main points of sale for the puppy and kitten mill industries, in which animals are mistreated, neglected and bred continuously to maximize profit. In general, responsible breeders do not sell their puppies or kittens to pet stores, because they want to meet their buyers in person to ensure each animal goes to a suitable home.

A pet bought at a store is often an impulse buy, which makes future abandonment of the animal more likely. Meanwhile, thousands of adoptable animals crowding shelters across Canada continue to go without homes.

We welcome the restrictions on retail animal sales that are being implemented and considered by cities across Canada. They will likely prove to be a useful tool in the fight against pet overpopulation and inhumane breeding operations.

What you can do:

  • Write to your mayor and municipal councilor, and ask them to consider legislation to restrict the sale of live animals from pet stores. At the very least, the retail sale of unneutered and unspayed animals should be prohibited.
  • Email, call or write to stores that sell kittens, puppies and other animals, and tell them that you will not shop there until they stop selling animals and start selling pet supplies only. Tell them they can put their cages to better use and build goodwill in the community by displaying animals up for adoption from local shelters or rescue groups — as many other pet stores do.
  • Encourage everyone you know to adopt pets rather than buy them.
Media Release: Restricting pet store animal trade
Restricting pet store animal trade
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