True confession……… I happen to detest holiday shopping unless, that is, I’m shopping for my four-legged family members! If you will be holiday shopping for your own pets, I have a special favor to ask of you. My request is that you purposefully avoid spending even a single penny at pet stores that sell puppies. I want the proprietors of these businesses to take a financial hit, so much so that they are forced to either close their doors or quit selling puppies (I would be content with either outcome).
Why do I feel as I do? If you are new to my blog you may not know that most if not all of those adorable little puppy faces found in pet store cages originate from puppy mills – commercial breeding operations where dogs are housed in deplorable conditions. The breeding dogs typically serve life sentences with no chance at parole. Their puppies are fraught with behavior and training issues, thereby increasing the likelihood they will be relinquished to a shelter or rescue organization or, worse yet, euthanized. A recently released ASPCA video does a wonderfully creative job describing the relationship between pet stores and puppy mills.
Boycotting pet stores that sell puppies is a simple step each and every one of us can take that will bring us closer to the eradication of puppy mills. Are you willing to join me in this effort? If so, please take the “No Pet Store Puppies Pledge” and urge your friends, relatives, neighbors, and coworkers to do the same. Give me a shout out/leave a comment once you’ve taken the pledge and your name will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous ASPCA gift basket filled with goodies for you (can you say, “Walker’s Shortbread Cookies”?) and some special treats for your pets.
Thank you for your help. Together we can make a difference in the fight against puppy mills. Happy holiday shopping!