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December 30, 2010

1,000 Reasons to Celebrate

We’ve reached a milestone here at HSUS. In 2008 we launched our Puppy Friendly Pet Stores program – to encourage pet-shop retailers to make it their corporate policy not to sell puppies and to educate interested customers about how to get a puppy from a shelter or reputable breeder instead. Some years ago, PetSmart and Petco – the two largest retailers in the sector – took the lead in shunning the sale of dogs. They realized they didn’t need to sell dogs and cats to make a profit, and they showed a new way.

dog Following their lead, HSUS launched a campaign to have the entire industry embrace this business model, and grassroots advocates joined in. I am pleased to say we just signed on our 1,000th Puppy Friendly Pet Store – an accomplishment that I thought would be months or even a year ahead. When a store signs our Puppy-Friendly Pet Store pledge, it promises not to sell puppies. Each store also receives a sign proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store and free materials for their customers about how to adopt or find a pet from a humane source. 

Please join me in making a New Year's resolution to shop only at pet stores and Internet sites that don’t sell puppies, such as our Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores, which can be found in more than 40 states. Look up your local puppy friendly pet stores by state at You can also email us at and we’ll be in touch with you about how you can help expand this important program.

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