Require Pet Stores to Only Sell Animals From Shelters

Target: Patrick O’Donnel, California State Assembly member

Goal: Pass law requiring pet stores to only facilitate the adoption of rescue animals.

Puppy mill supporters in California are trying to block a bill that would prevent pet stores from sourcing animals from breeding farms. If passed, The Pet Rescue and Action Act would mandate that all cats, dogs, and rabbits offered for retail sale be obtained through a rescue organization. Similar ordinances are already in effect in over 30 cities in California, including L.A., in an attempt to shut down businesses that force pets to breed for profit.

Critics of the bill state that it is unconstitutional and will limit resources, inadvertently preventing adoptions; however, it’s more likely that the bill will lead to increases in rescue adoptions and put more puppy mills out of business. Reportedly, many pets from farms are trucked in from out-of-state, often from as far as the Midwest. It is immoral and inhumane that this sort of breeding is still allowed to take place. Sign this petition to let California know that you support legislation requiring pet stores to sell rescue animals only.


Dear Mr. O’Donnel,

I am writing to give my support to bill AB 485 The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act. I believe that this law will increase adoptions for rescue animals, which are the pets that truly need homes, and hopefully aid in shutting down unethical breeding mills across the United States.

Anyone who is in opposition of this law is not a proponent of animal rights. Please do everything in your power to ensure that this bill is passed.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Ruth Tekell says:

    People who buy from pet stores aren’t screened in any way. If you buy from a reputable breeder, they will require an application and references, sometimes even a home inspection, to give the animal the best chance of being taken care of properly.

    When people adopt, the requirements are many times even stricter since a rescued dog has often already come from an abusive situation.

    No one should see pets but the most responsible breeders, and responsible breeders don’t just turn their animals over to a pets store to sell to anyone who walks through the door.

    In general there needs to be much more oversight of breeding for companion animals, and stricter standards for buy and adopting. Abuse is rampant and usually horrific causing unimaginable suffering to helpless animals.

  2. Well, the stricter standards for breeders must be in place but for every dog that is bred, 2 dogs, for example, must be taken care of by the breeder and have them available to go to a loving home. Otherwise, breeders need to be out of existence!

  3. I Think Pet Stores Should Sell Animals From Shelters Because That Way It’s Safer For All The Animal’s And Because They Get Homed Quicker

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