Jack’s Pets, one of the biggest pet store chains in the Midwest with 27 stores in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, announced last Thursday that it will begin working with shelters and rescues to offer in-store pet adoptions instead of sourcing dogs from breeders.
“We have over one million customers coming through our doors every year,” said Scott Brenner, president of Jack’s Pets.
“We recognize that we can have a very positive impact on our local pet community by working with various adoption agencies surrounding our stores. We want to continue to provide our customers with lovable companions while helping to save dogs’ lives, and we hope other stores will follow suit.”
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is applauding the move, as they continue to work on their No Pet Store Puppies campaign to raise awareness about the sad origins of those cute little puppies people see in pet stores, while urging people to completely boycott stores that sell dogs.
“The ASPCA is thrilled to see a pet store chain like Jack’s transition to a no puppy sales model,” says ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres.
“We hope that this decision will convince other pet stores to stop selling puppies and support local animal adoption programs, which would improve the lives of countless dogs.”
While Brenner stated that Jack’s has done its best to obtain dogs who meet health standards from local breeders, the ASPCA is sticking to the opinion that no reputable breeder would sell their dogs to a pet store and will be working with Jack’s to find deserving dogs who need forever homes.
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