Require Pet Stores to Only Sell Rescue Animals


Target: Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman

Goal: End puppy mills by requiring pet stores to only sell rescue animals.

Pet stores are filled with commercially bred animals when there are plenty of orphan animals in shelters and rescue centers. The Las Vegas City Council is considering an ordinance prohibiting pet shops from selling commercially bred animals. Instead, these stores could sell dogs and cats from shelters and rescues. This new legislation would be a decisive and vital step towards ending the cruelty of puppy and kitten mills. These facilities are a rampant issue in the United States and supply nearly all retail pet stores.

Puppy mills are intensive dog-breeding facilities where dogs are often kept in cramped, filthy conditions with little to no concern for their welfare. Reports of rampant cruelty are abundant: breeding dogs are confined to wire cages their entire lives, never given any positive attention or allowed to go outdoors. Many investigations found animals wading in their own excrements, locked away in dark cellars, suffering from disease, distress and malnourishment. Puppies and kittens are torn away from their mothers at an early age — often exhibiting behavioral issues as a result — to be sold for profit in commercial pet stores. Most people do not realize that by buying a dog, cat or other animal from a pet shop they are directly supporting the cruelty that takes place in these horrific facilities.

This new ban would help curtail this widespread cruelty, saving countless animals from this appalling treatment. It would also lighten the load of animal rescues and shelters that are often financially overstretched and at full capacity, while curbing the city’s stray dog and cat issue. Sign this petition urging Las Vegas City officials to pass this greatly beneficial ordinance, joining over 100 U.S. cities that have already banned the sale of commercially-bred cats and dogs.


Dear Mayor Goodman,

I would like to urge you to pass the proposed law requiring that pet shops in Las Vegas only sell dogs and cats from shelters and rescues. The proposed ban on commercially bred dogs and cats is a laudable step in the crucial fight against cruel puppy and kitten mills. As you are most certainly aware, these facilities breed animals intensively in filthy and inhumane conditions. Reports have found terrified and disease-ridden animals confined to wire cages and forced to stand and sleep in their own excrements. Puppies and kittens sold in pet stores are torn from their mothers at a young age and can often exhibit behavioral issues as a result of this. The mothers in question are exploited, distressed and malnourished, with little care given to their welfare.

This prohibition would not only help limit the widespread cruelty of these profit-led facilities and save countless animal victims, but would also help deal with Las Vegas’ stray issue and take the pressure off overcrowded, tax-payer-subsidized animal shelters. Please follow in the steps of over 100 other U.S. cities that have already banned commercially bred pets and ensure this essential ordinance is passed in Las Vegas.


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  1. Heather Brophy says:


  2. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Unlike animal shelters, pet shops don’t investigate the suitability of potential owners. So I don’t agree with pet shops selling animals. Period.

    • I totally agree. The petition has good intentions, but is only half-thought out. So I won’t be signing. Rather ban ALL animal sales in ALL pet shops.

  3. Sentient creatures should NEVER be sold. We use to do that with humans in the antebellum south.

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Carolyn – There is something terribly wrong with a society that allows puppy mills to operate legally yet euthanizes thousands of animals in shelters each year for the crime of being ‘surplus’. Please do the right thing here and pass the proposed law requiring that pet shops in Las Vegas only sell dogs and cats from shelters and rescues. The beautiful, innocent souls sitting behind ‘bars’ right now deserve our best efforts first in finding them homes…

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