Pet stores across the country are taking the Puppy Friendly pledge in hopes that the puppy mill trade will end. Many pet stores in the state of Maryland recently joined the ranks of others in the campaign.
The Humane Society started the pledge with the idea that adopted dogs need attention as well, hoping the stores’ refusal to sell puppies will result in a dog being adopted from a local shelter.
"Pet stores that profit from the cruel puppy mill industry need to step up and do the right thing by stopping their puppy sales," said Stephanie Shain, senior director of The HSUS’ puppy mills campaign, on the organization’s website. "Shelters and rescues are brimming with all types of dogs in need of homes."
According to the Baltimore Sun, the holidays are one of the biggest times for puppy purchases, which is why the organization thought it was a good time to stop the unethical treatment that occurs in puppy mills that could result in poor dog health.
So far, more than 400 pet stores across the country have joined the commitment.