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Humane Society of the United States: Pet Supplies “Plus” pet stores take ‘Puppy Friendly’ pledge

Five Wisconsin Stores Sign Pledge

(June 11, 2010) – Farmington Hills, Mich.-based pet store chain Pet Supplies “Plus” encourages franchisees to sign The Humane Society of the United States' puppy friendly pet store pledge, committing not to sell puppies, but instead support local animal adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a reputable breeder.

The HSUS applauds the franchisees that have signed the pledge because their actions prove it is not necessary to support the cruel puppy mill trade to operate a successful pet-related business.

"These stores have set a positive example of corporate responsibility for other businesses to follow," said Stephanie Shain, senior director of The HSUS' puppy mills campaign. "Pet stores that profit from the cruel puppy mill industry need to step up and do the right thing by stopping their puppy sales. Shelters and rescues are brimming with all types of dogs in need of homes."

"Our goal has always been to support Animal Rescue Groups in their mission to place animals in loving homes through in-store adoption programs and sponsoring some of the largest adoption events in the country," stated Harvey Solway, president of Pet Supplies "Plus”.

Store owners who sign The HSUS' pledge receive a placard proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store, as well as materials about adopting a dog or finding a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.

The Pet Supplies “Plus” retailers across the nation that have signed the puppy friendly pledge are located in the following cities and states:

Birmingham, Ala.

Pelham, Ala.

Mobile, Ala.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Homewood, Ala.

Montgomery, Ala.

Wethersfield, Conn.

Manchester, Conn.

Orange, Conn.

West Hartford, Conn.

West Port, Conn.

Bristol, Conn.

Groton, Conn.

Brookfield, Conn.

Wellington, Fla.

Pinellas Park, Fla.

Port Orange, Fla.

Lake Worth, Fla.

Brunswick, Ga.

St. Mary's, Ga.

Athens, Ga.

Carrollton, Ga.

Marietta, Ga.

Atlanta, Ga.

Morton Grove, Ill.

Des Plaines, Ill.

Chicago, Ill.

Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Westmont, Ill.

Mundelein, Ill.

Elmwood Park, Ill.

Highland Park, Ill.

Villa Park, Ill.

Quincy, Ill.

Naperville (South), Ill.

Naperville (North), Ill.

Champaign, Ill.

North Aurora, Ill.

Jacksonville, Ill.

Danville, Ill.

Sterling, Ill.

Oak Lawn, Ill.

South Bend, Ind.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kokomo, Ind.

Valparaiso, Ind.

Warsaw, Ind.

Goshen, Ind.

Dyer, Ind.

Noblesville, Ind.

Avon, Ind.

West Roxbury, Mass.

Burlington, Mass.

Raynham, Mass.

West Springfield, Mass.

Medford, Mass.

Adrian, Mich.

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bay City, Mich.

Benton Harbor, Mich.

Chesterfield Twp, Mich.

Clinton Twp, Mich.

Dearborn, Mich.

Detroit, Mich.

Farmington Hills, Mich.

Fenton, Mich.

Fort Gratiot, Mich.

Grand Blanc, Mich.

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grandville, Mich.

Howell, Mich.

Iron Mountain, Mich.

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Lansing, Mich.

Lapeer, Mich.

Livonia, Mich.

Milford, Mich.

Mount Morris, Mich.

Novi, Mich.

Okemos, Mich.

Owosso, Mich.

Petoskey, Mich.

Portage, Mich.

Redford Township, Mich.

Royal Oak, Mich.

Saginaw, Mich.

St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Traverse City, Mich.

Washington Twp., Mich.

Waterford, Mich.

White Lake, Mich.

Woodhaven, Mich.

Wyoming, Mich.

Canton, Mich.

Ortonville, Mich.

Rochester Hills, Mich.

Warren, Mich.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Burnsville, Minn.

Bloomington, Minn.

Ballwin, Mo.

Greensboro, N.C.

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Goldsboro, N.C.

Asheville, N.C.

Hooksett, N.H.

Hazlet, N.J.

Westbury (LI), N.Y.

East Northport (LI), N.Y.

Deer Park (LI), N.Y.

Fishkill, NY

Manhasset (LI), N.Y.

Valley Stream (LI), N.Y.

Smithtown (LI), N.Y.

Massapequa Park, N.Y.

Uniontown, Pa.

Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Scranton, Pa.

Shillington, Pa.

Whitehall, Pa.

Allentown, Pa.

Stroudsburg, Pa.

Phoenixville, Pa.

Lancaster, Pa.

Telford, Pa.

Easton, Pa.

Avondale, Pa.

Hamburg, Pa.

Cranston, R.I.

North Providence, R.I.

West Columbia, S.C.

Columbia, S.C.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Austin, Texas

Plano, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia Beach, Va.

Racine, Wis.

Appleton, Wis.

Sheboygan, Ws.

Glendale, Wis.

Greenfield, Wis.

Policy Helps Dogs Across the United States

The majority of pet stores that sell puppies carry dogs from puppy mills, which are mass production facilities that churn out large numbers of puppies under inhumane conditions. The breeding dogs at puppy mills spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention or quality of life. Consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or over the Internet without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel puppy mill industry.


Approximately one-third of the nation's 9,000 independent pet stores sell puppies.

The HSUS estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are sold each year in the United States.

Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.

Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years in continual confinement. They are bred as often as possible and then destroyed or discarded once they can no longer produce puppies.

Pet stores and online sellers often use attractive Web sites to hide the truth and to dupe consumers into thinking that they are dealing with a small, reputable breeder.

Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store and will insist on meeting the family who will be purchasing the dog.

Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.


Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 240-654-2964, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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