Success: Phoenix Requires Pet Stores Sell Only Rescue Animals

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Target:  Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton

Goal: Support requiring pet stores to sell only rescue animals, and help get rid of puppy mills that treat dogs inhumanely.

A judge in Phoenix, Arizona, recently made a ruling requiring all dogs and cats sold at local pet stores to be rescue animals. Animal lovers and lawmakers believe that this will go a long way toward ending puppy mills that typically breed puppies in inhumane conditions. The move is thanks to the efforts of activists and petitions like ForceChange’s Support Ending Puppy Mills.

Research claims that most dogs found in pet stores are from puppy mills. These animals are bred for profit with little attention given to their health. Many of these dogs spend their entire lives in cages, under harsh conditions longing for proper care. Many of the older dogs used for breeding are kept in confined areas and never enjoy playing with other canines, getting a belly rub or receiving proper healthcare.

The majority of dog lovers have welcomed the recent news, though some pet store owners who claim to receive their dogs from reputable breeders have raised some concerns. These owners believe the move will affect their business despite the fact that they have a good reputation. An exception can be made in such cases but only under strict regulations.

The move will mean that shelters and rescue centers will be filled with pups that need homes and loving owners. Also, no pups will have to spend longer times in shelters, waiting to be rescued by responsible owners. Phoenix will be the latest U.S city to introduce such a law.

Crowded rescues and shelters are in most cases not able to accommodate the high number of cats and dogs who need permanent homes. Therefore, demanding that pet stores sell adoptable rescues will help save the lives of several animals who would otherwise not find a loving home.

Sign this petition to welcome the new rule and urge the Phoenix mayor to ensure the policy is upheld.


Dear Mayor Stanton,

A Phoenix judge recently made a ruling that will require pet stores to sell rescue animals only. Animal lovers believe that such a decision will help in ending puppy mills that typically breed puppies with a profit motive under inhumane conditions.

Many of the dogs in puppy mills spend their entire lives caged under harsh conditions with little attention given to their health. Most dog lovers have welcomed the news though some reputable pet store owners claim that the rule is harsh, and it may undermine their genuine business. Exceptions can be made in such cases but only after vetting and confirmation that these people hold high standards.

The move will mean that pet stores will be filled with pups that need to be rescued, and these animals will no longer have to spend longer times in such facilities waiting for a loving owner. As a lawmaker in Phoenix, you can have a greater effect in ensuring this policy is upheld, and puppy mills are closed down. Take action and support the new policy to ensure it is well implemented in your city.


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  1. Thank you so much! I wish all cities in all states would regulate pet sales in this way. What a difference it will make in Phoenix, and what a change in the way people see animals and puppy mills! I’m very grateful.

  2. Thank you, this makes Phoenix an even more attractive place to vacation.

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