Articles: Puppy Mill

It’s Up to You New York: Ban Sales of Dogs, Cats at Pet Stores

No responsible breeder ever sells to a pet store, and that is why so many communities have  banned sales of dogs and cats (and sometimes also rabbits) from pet stores. Several counties have done the same. Forgot about going into a pet store to purchase a dog or cat in California or in Maryland, that…

Does the AKC Really Support Responsible Breeders

Hundreds of cities, several counties and two states, Maryland and California, have banned sales of dogs and cats from pet stores. NO responsible breeder ever, ever sells to a pet store. Since that is the case, then where are these animals from? Can you say ‘puppy mills’ and commercial large-scale facilities? When describing where and…

No Dogs and Cats Sold at Pet Stores in Vernon Hills; Lincoln State Cat Show

On my WGN radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Listen in HERE. I mention King, who won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Then, I launch into a conversation with Dr. David Oppenheim, village Trustee in Vernon Hills who along with his colleagues on the council all agreed unanimously to ban pet store sales of…

Eliminating Puppy Mills: Banning Pet Store Sales of Dogs and Cats Is Only a Start

The real problem with eradicating puppy mills is that somehow some way the State Departments of Agricultures and for that matter U.S. Department of Agriculture look the other way, and at times so does law enforcement. That is a sad reality. And people knowingly or not continue to keep puppy mills in business by purchasing…

Speaking About Dogs and Cats Sold at Pet Stores in Vernon Hills

A chain pet store selling puppies was considering a move into the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills but rebuffed (clearly the Trustees and the Mayor/President Roger Byrne have done their homework on this topic), and changed their course following push back. At least for now. A wave of cities across American and Canada and the…
Paul Vallas and Steve Dale on WGN radio

Paul Vallas Announces a Task Force for Companion Animals

Chicago Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas actually has a pet platform. As far as I know the first Mayoral candidate of a major city to do that. As he indicates HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World Radio show, I was a motivating force for him doing that. And thrilled now to provide my…
Puppy Mill Awareness Day on WGN radio and Canine Companions for Independence with pet expert Steve Dale

Puppy Mill Awareness and Canine Companions for Independence with WGN

Renata Block talks HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show about Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and National Puppy Mill Awareness Day (that was September 16), and the Puppy Mill Project  Awareness March on Michigan Avenue. The march happened, but you can watch a part of it here. Buying from a pet store means…
Puppy Mill Project Walk

March for National Puppy Mill Awareness Day

National Puppy Mill Awareness Day is September 16. The Puppy Mill Project will march down Michigan Avenue to create educational awareness, communicating loud and clear where dogs sold at pet stores are really from. It’s amazing how many people actually have no idea pet store dogs are from puppy mills. An that by supporting or…

Lemon Laws for Pet Store Sales: That’s NOT the Solution: Say NO to Naperville’s Proposal

Remember this: No responsible breeder EVER EVER EVER sells to a pet store. Some communities suggest, “Can’t we just have a ‘lemon law’ to protect consumers?” Well here are problems with an idea, and at one time it seemed like the lemon laws were a viable compromise. I was wrong. ‘Lemon laws’ only encourage pet…

Pet Stores Find Loophole in Ordinance Banning Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

We can’t allow the puppy mills to win. Several months after the Chicago ordinance to ban the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores (which passed in 2014) went into affect (in 2015), I heard what was happening at some pet retailers. They said they were getting their dogs from non-profit rescues. It…

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