Major Canadian Pet Retailers Stop Selling Puppies

Posted by Ian Carr, ALDF's Legislative Affairs Associate on August 22, 2011

Striking a blow to puppy mills, major Canadian pet retailers Pets Unlimited, which has 18 locations in Atlantic Canada, and PJ’s Pets, with 21 locations in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario, have announced that they will no longer sell puppies. Pets Unlimited phased out puppy sales earlier this year, and PJ’s Pets will soon follow suit, phasing out puppy sales starting September 1.

The sister stores hope their decision will encourage more animal adoptions. According to Pets Unlimited’s director of marketing, Stacey Halliday, the move is a response to growing public awareness of the cruelty of puppy mills. That public awareness was aided by the release this spring of ALDF’s 2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings, which reflected recent legislative efforts to curb puppy mills.

The stores are currently talking with local animal shelters to explore the feasibility of becoming satellite adoption agencies.


4 thoughts on “Major Canadian Pet Retailers Stop Selling Puppies

  1. Kimi says:

    That is very good news. I hope this trend catches on in other countries. That picture of the puppy in the crate – I WANT him! That is just about the cutest little face I’ve ever seen.

  2. Tess Denton says:

    This is truly good news. There are millions of dogs awaiting and deserving loving homes. These animals are companions, not product. Imagine a day when shelters need to downsize :)

  3. dorothea knight says:

    The move by the Pet Stores to close down puppy selling is because the puppies are being sold over the internet. There is a shortage of puppies for the Pet Stores.

  4. Jennifer says:

    That is good news that the puppy stores are closing, but don’t forget; it is still Big business in China & other countries for the “Fake Fur” which is really dog & cat. So the puppy mills can just ship overseas. :(

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