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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.

NEWS: On March 13, the City of Roseville became the first city in Minnesota to pass a humane pet store ordinance that bans pet stores from selling dogs and cats obtained from commercial breeding facilities and promotes partnering with animal rescues and shelters to host adoption events. Thank you to the Roseville City Council for their thoughtful discussion and action on this issue. As Council Member Lisa Laliberte stated: "This ordinance is fitting with Roseville's values." Animal Folks MN worked closely with Roseville residents, HSUS, and the Animal Humane Society to achieve this victory for animals.

UPDATE: The Har Mar Pet Store in Roseville closed in December 2017.

For specific information about the Roseville ordinance: Humane Pet Store Ordinance

For general information about the issue, see links below.


OVERVIEW: Outdated business model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. On March 13, 2017, Roseville became the first city in Minnesota to pass a humane pet store ordinance. Read more.

ACTION: Stories and Protests

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

• Have you purchased a sickly animal from a pet store or breeder? Tell us your story: Stories

• 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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