Make that "sold", partially. PJ's Pets has announced that their stores will no longer sell puppies.
This is a good thing. A very, very good thing and I applaud them.
As is PJ's announcement that they will partner with shelters and rescues to promote adoption. Again, a very, very good thing.
The stores will, however, continue to sell kittens.
The thing that’s keeping me up about this…well, several things.
What will happen to the puppies currently "in stock" at the stores?
What will happen to all the puppy mill dogs that are no longer ATMs for the despicable owners? Will there be shelters and rescues full of those unsocialized and potentially unadoptable dogs? Or will these poor dogs just be shot and dumped in a ditch, or just dumped? Who will deal with the aftermath of the years of puppy milling?
N.B. PJ's news release says (which I missed because of bad eyesight), "Pets Unlimited had stopped selling puppies in all of its stores earlier this year, while PJ's Pets will wind down sales by September 1st. Between now and October 1st, PJ's will be working with their private kennels to help find adoptive homes for their breeding dogs and any remaining puppies." Ummm, how many breeding dogs? How many remaining puppies? Is this being done with rescue and shelter partners?
I know. I'm a spoilsport, or a doom 'n gloomer, or something like that. Maybe PJ's will have to take one step at a time, rather than going the whole nine yards.
PJ's - C'mon. You can do it. I have faith.
Let's go for the whole nine yards.
Then, let's go kick butt and close down the disguised millers and the backyard breeders on Craigslist and Kijiji.