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Commercial dog and cat breeding facilities, known as puppy and kitten mills, mass produce puppies and kittens and supply these animals to pet stores across the nation. These breeder-supported pet stores are, in essence, the "face" of the breeding industry. 

However, many pet stores are now recognizing the problem of puppy and kitten mills and the harm to adult breeding dogs and cats and their litters as well as to consumers. Stores are shifting to a "humane pet store model" by not selling commercially-bred puppies and kittens and instead working with animal rescue organizations and hosting adoption days.

"Going humane" protects animals and consumers and promotes the values of a community.

 

OVERVIEW: Outdated business model

Pet stores that buy and sell dogs and cats have been in existence for decades, as have the businesses who breed and supply the puppies and kittens. These type of stores still exist because certain pet store owners view animals as products. Read more.

LIST: Minnesota pet stores

As with any industry, commercial dog and cat breeders and dealers are in business to make money. The more "products" (animals) produced, the higher the sales. Pet stores are the main distribution outlet for certain breeders and dealers. Read more.

DEALERS: Who sells to Minnesota pet stores

A pet wholesaler is a "middleman," also referred to as a dealer or broker. This type of company buys puppies from many different kennels for resale to pet stores and may also breed animals themselves. Read more.

 

PRICES: The price of a puppy or kitten

Prices vary widely for puppies and kittens. The price does not reflect the health of the puppy or kitten or the quality of breeding conditions. Read more.

MN LAWS: Animal protection; consumer rights

The State of Minnesota does not regulate pet stores; however, the State does have a law (Minnesota Pet Lemon Law: Chapter 325F) which provides some rights to consumers who purchase a dog or cat from a pet store. Read more.

LAWSUITS: HSUS vs. Petland and The Hunte Corporation

Attempts have been made to hold pet stores accountable for their role in the buying and selling of unhealthy dogs. A lawsuit was made against Petland and The Hunte Corporation (major animal dealer). Read more.

 

ACTION: Local ordinances to ban sale of pets at pet stores


Cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe are taking action to ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores. Read more.

ACTION: Store protests, Hand-outs and Posters

Inform people about pet stores. Get involved in a variety of ways:

• Download hand-outs and posters that encourage people not to buy from pet stores that sell live animals: Downloads

• Protests are proving effective in raising awareness about pet store puppies. Learn more about how to get involved: Protests

ACTION: File a complaint

File a complaint if you have purchased an unhealthy pet from a pet store or have witnessed unhealthy conditions: Report It

 

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