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Pet stores in the city currently selling non-rescue dogs and cats will have six months to comply with the new rule. The stores selling animals must post a certificate that provides a description of the cat or dog proving it is from a shelter or rescue operation.
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Several cities in California have already passed similar laws — San Francisco enacted its pet store regulations in February, joining Los Angeles and San Diego in restricting pet store sales to rescued animals.In addition to cutting down on pet mills, the bill would provide an avenue for getting so-called unwanted dogs and cats out of the shelters and into homes. We already have a handful of no-kill shelters in the state and many public shelters are trying to move in that direction, but the simple math of the situation is brutal.According to the ASPCA, 6.5 million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters nationwide each year — about 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. Of that number, about 710,000 are strays that eventually are returned to their owners.Of the remaining animals, 3.2 million find new homes, and 1.5 million are euthanized. That leaves about 1.7 million animals in shelters, waiting.We can do so much more for these animals than this. Requiring pet stores to get their supplies — for lack of a better term — from shelters and rescue groups, will help empty shelters, saving tax dollars and more importantly giving homes to pets.For those who want pure or specific breeds, there are still legitimate, licensed breeders to work with, but for the animals that, through no fault of their own, find themselves homeless, there will be new hope and new opportunity. AB 485 is a big step in the right direction. Chow Hound also works with our community partners to host pet adoption events for dogs and cats in our stores at various times
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Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop pet store and adoption center was conceived in support of a single belief: all pets deserve a home. The first Adopt & Shop opened its doors in 2011 at the Lakewood Center Mall and has since paired over 3,400 dogs and cats from local shelters with loving homes and caring families. While we love caring for our animals and keeping them happy, we love seeing our animals find the perfect home with a loving family. Our pet store in Lakewood operates on the premise of dedication to the happiness and care of all animals, and making the perfect match for owners and pets!Chow Hound also works with our to host pet adoption events for dogs and cats in our stores at various times. Depending on the organization, some pets may be available for on-the-spot adoption. Please see our Events listing for upcoming events.Every day, you can adopt a pet in a Petco store. In fact, together with Petco and our community partners, we help find homes for thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets every week. We can even help you get started now below.Some independent pet stores may still sell kittens, where you're likely to pay a steep price for popular breeds or mixed breed cats. Those playful kittens in the pet store window are certainly appealing, but they could have come from a "kitten mill," a cat breeder whose focus is quantity, not quality. They are often raised in awful conditions and have congenital health problems or behavior issues that cost even more in money and frustration over time. The same pet store may also fill its cages with puppy mill puppies, supporting an inhumane industry. Sources for cats and kittens are numerous—pet stores, breeders, animal shelters, newspaper ads, the Internet, a friend with an unwanted litter, a neighborhood stray and on and on. What's the best choice?We have a moral obligation to end the overpopulation crisis in order to reduce the number of unwanted homeless dogs and cats. When people buy animals from breeders and pet stores instead of adopting from animal shelters, they deny a needy animal a chance at a good home. As long as people support a market that treats dogs and cats as profit-generating commodities, we will struggle with the overpopulation crisis.