Pet Valu, a mid-Atlantic US petfood and supply chain, signed The Humane Society of the United States' Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge.
This pledge means that the company commits to not sell puppies from puppy mills, but instead to support local pet adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a puppy from a reputable source. 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 free materials for their customers about how to adopt a puppy or find a responsible breeder.
“Pet Valu is proud to be a part of the Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Program, which reinforces our commitment to providing our customers with quality pet supplies while looking out for the best interest of animals,” said Connie Lowney of Pet Valu. “We believe that this will be a successful business model in our 63 locations, and are hopeful that our commitment will inspire others to support responsible pet acquisition.”
A list of participating "Puppy Friendly" pet stores is available from www.humanesociety.org/puppystores.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.