There was an encouraging article in Monday’s St. Petersburg Times that we wanted to mention. The Animal House pet store (413- 62nd Ave North in St. Petersburg) has stopped selling puppies. Instead, the store is partnering with local rescue groups and showcasing animals available for adoption.
The article explained that puppies are easy money for small pet stores (”the markup can be huge”). It is admirable for the store to voluntarily get out of a profitable business solely for ethical reasons– to avoid any link with the cruel puppy mill industry.
We’d like to thank store managers Rebecca and Rachel Hearn for their compassionate decision. If you live in the area we urge you to stop by the store and show your support by purchasing some pet supplies.