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Animal Shelters—Coming to a Mall Near You

Written by PETA | October 14, 2011

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In a trailblazing move that would earn tail-wagging approval from dogs everywhere, shopping mall developer Macerich has banned pet stores that sell animals in its more than 70 malls across the U.S. and is offering up the pet stores’ old spaces as adoption centers for homeless animals instead. This compassionate decision follows another the company made at PETA’s urging last year to ban the hideous “Pocket Pets” kiosks, which sell sugar gliders—tiny, exotic, nocturnal marsupials who often die as a result of improper care and the stress and loneliness of captivity.

Proving that one can make a difference, the pet-store ban is largely thanks to the efforts of California resident Jennifer Peterson, who informed Macerich that pet stores are essentially fronts for cruel puppy mills and worked with the company on a plan to evict the stores.

Hopefully, many other malls will follow Macerich’s humane lead and ban sales of live animals. Each of us can help, too, by never buying animals from pet stores and giving a grateful dog or cat from a shelter a loving, lifelong home instead.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Yvonne says:

    This is a great way to start a movement to put puppy mills out of business. Kudos to Macerich and to Jennifer Peterson. I love reading about positive things happening. I support all your efforts.

  • Theresa says:

    I love this idea!

  • michelle says:

    This is wonderful news, thank you PETA for posting this story.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Another victory in the battle against puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders, one that hopefully will mean less cats and dogs euthanized every day of every week as unwanted and homeless. Adopt, don’t buy.

  • Coque says:

    God bless him. Really!

  • Pauline says:

    What a great corporate action…..very refreshing!

  • Sheri says:

    I live in Simi Valley,CA & in the local mall there IS an adoption center like the ones described above! That’s where I adopted my loving Chihuahua, Scooby. I am SO glad that ban exists now! “Adopt Don’t Buy”!

  • claudette says:

    stop and ban pet stores from selling animals

  • Amanda W says:

    I think this is an amazing idea!!!

  • pati says:

    I wish when such good things happen, you would provide contact info so those of us who wish to could thak these people.

  • Marlene says:

    This is great to hear,Thank you Peta for making my day again.

  • Cynthia says:

    This idea of shelters in malls sides like a decent idea. But I am concerned about the well being of the animals. The number one reason why animals are given up to shelters are for behavior problems. Those bad behaviors and stress escalate in stressful shelter environments. I would hope that those pet store spaces will make room for training facility’s where the animals truly can begin a new happy life.