Praise Phoenix for Saving Shelter Animals


Target: Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams

Goal: Applaud the move to uphold a law in Phoenix, Arizona, requiring that all dogs sold in pet stores must come only from shelters or non-profit rescues.

A city law has been upheld in Phoenix, Arizona, that requires that all dogs sold in pet stores must come from shelters or non-profit rescues only, in an effort to take down abusive puppy mills. The law is meant to help end puppy mills by encouraging families and pet stores to adopt homeless dogs in need of homes rather than adopting from breeders who neglect animals’ health and contribute to the massive homeless animal problem across the U.S.

Nearly 23,000 dogs are sold annually in Phoenix pet stores ever year, so the law will help thousands of homeless shelter dogs find their forever home. Many dogs in shelters can wait months or years until they find a home, and if they don’t find a home in time, they can face euthanization. The law will help to reduce the amount of time that dogs spend in shelters, reduce overcrowding, and reduce the number of dogs that are euthanized. 

Some pet stores have fought the law, but the ruling rests. Cruel puppy mills, which breed solely for profit, don’t take care of the welfare of the mothers who are forcibly impregnated over and over, and which make dogs live in cramped cages with next to no play, will not continue.

We must keep fighting to ensure that more laws such as this one are instated and upheld so that we can continue to make sure homeless dogs find homes, and more dogs aren’t brought into this world when we have so many who are already in need. Sign this petition to applaud the ruling that will uphold this amazing law benefiting shelter dogs and working to shut down horrible puppy mills.


Dear City Councilwoman Williams,

I am writing to applaud you for your work in the upholding of a law that will save shelter animals and help them find their forever home by requiring that all dogs sold in pet stores must come only from shelters or non-profit rescues. This law will help to shut down abusive puppy mills by guiding people towards shelter dogs that need homes.

Puppy mills are a disgrace to animal rights and welfare and must be fought against in order to help fight the homeless animal problem currently happening all across the U.S. As you know, we must do everything in our power to help these dogs and eliminate this problem, especially with vital legislation.

I hope that you consider to push for these policies that help shelter animals, and I hope that other states and cities will follow your positive example.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. sandra mason says:

    could you please add cats to this? they suffer the same as dogs. in a lot of instances, they suffer more because people only concentrate on what is going on with dogs. you are attempting to be humane.. please be fair as well.

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