San Francisco Bans The Sale of Non-Rescue Dogs and Cats

Is that puppy you saw at your local pet store tugging at your heart strings? Do you dream about buying him and providing his forever home? Well, he should be tormenting your heart, but for a different reason. Up until recently, almost all dogs sold in pet stores came from puppy mills, where they were born in deplorable, inhumane conditions—filthy, crowded wire cages, no exposure to the outdoors and no opportunities for developing critical socialization skills.

While they look cute, they frequently develop major health issues along with behavior problems. And, to make matters worse, their mothers have spent their entire lives in a filthy puppy mill, forced to breed litter after litter, so puppy mill owners could profit. These innocent dogs and cats are seen as a commodity with no regard for their health or wellbeing

In addition to the diversity, one of the many reasons I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area is due to the dog-friendly environment. And now I’m more proud than ever. San Francisco has joined the ranks of Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin in banning the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats, or any animal under 8-weeks-old, at pet shops.

The Independent recently reported that the new law is “part of a concerted effort to eradicate inhumane puppy breeding operations in the city. The amendment will help  to facilitate the adoption of thousands of animals already occupying the city’s shelters.”

San Francisco residents will still have many options for adopting their next puppy or kitten, including local shelters and a large number of breed-specific rescue organizations. The San Francisco SPCA, along with the city’s animal department, finds homes for more than 6,000 animals each year.

Purchasing from responsible breeders doing business in San Francisco will still be an option, since the new law still allows for that. The ordinance’s primary function is to stop the deceptive practices of puppy mills that supply pet stores and to consumers online.

Does your city still sell dogs and cats in pet stores that aren’t rescues? If so, you might want to go in and inquire on where they came from? If they aren’t rescues, the answers you hear will mostly likely be misleading, and you can help to educate others on the deception behind the sale of those adorable fur balls.


Melania P
Melania Padilla1 years ago

How awesome!!!

heather g
heather g2 years ago

Always a few steps ahead of the rest...

Jerome S
Jerome S2 years ago


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Iveta Cer2 years ago

Thank you !!

Janis K
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright2 years ago we need to insure this happens everywhere. This will help get us to a time where all animals in shelters and rescues will have good homes and we can stop the killing. It's time to SAVE THEM ALL...................

Marija Mohoric
Marija M2 years ago


Elaine W
Elaine W2 years ago

This is a good trend.