Major Canadian Pet Retailers Stop Selling PuppiesPosted 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.