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Chicago Pet Stores Must Now Feature Animals From Shelters—Not Puppy Mills

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | March 6, 2014

Tails are wagging and purrs can be heard in the Windy City. Why? Chicago’s City Council voted 49-1 to pass legislation that will ban the city’s pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from commercial breeders beginning in March 2015. Instead, any animal at a pet store in the city must come from a shelter!

Stop Buying from Pet Stores and Breeders

This lifesaving legislation will take a bite out of the hideously cruel breeding industry. Pet stores are notorious for selling animals obtained from puppy and kitten mills, which intensively confine animals in tiny, wire-floored cages and deprive them of exercise, socialization, proper nutrition, and veterinary care. The law will also give countless animals a better chance at finding good homes by placing adoptable dogs, cats, and rabbits in locations where they will be more likely to be seen—and adopted—by loving families.

The winds of change are blowing for animals in the Windy City. We can create a refreshing change for animals where we live by encouraging our city officials to pass a similar ordinance and urging everyone we know to adopt homeless animals from shelters instead of buying animals from pet stores or breeders.

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  • Sonia says:

    I cried a little reading this. I’m so relieved for these poor animals. May this change stay and many other states do the same.

  • paula says:

    Wow thisis the best news I heard lately. All state should follow.I makes me smile inside and out.

  • Lynn Martines says:

    Kudos to Chicago for making this huge leap in the right direction! So many beautiful animals up for adoption now have a better chance of finding their fur-ever home! I would love to see all states adopt this practice!

  • Cris Atkinson says:

    IT’S ABOUT TIME !! FINALLY !! I wish more cities would follow this example. I know that this does not solve the problem but at least it’s a start. There has to be a START somewhere. Now maybe some of the animals, in Chicago anyway, will not have to be put down at the shelters from over-crowding! We need other places to follow this!

  • Laura says:

    So impressed, way to go Chicago! I hope other cities follow as well. Next step, converting such heavy meat-eating Chicagoans to vegan. 🙂

  • Meredith Hoag says:

    This is just great news for homeless animals! Kudos to Chicago, it really is one of the most progressive cities in the entire U.S., but a policy like this is long, long overdue.

  • Ellen says:

    How can we make something like this happen in Detroit Michigan

  • Robert Sanders says:

    Excellent Chicago City Council! A great humane move.

  • sharon chang says:

    that’s not soon enough!start now!

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