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Phoenix, Ariz., now joins the ranks of West Hollywood, Calif.; El Paso, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Fountain, Colo.; Coral Gables, Fla.; and 35 other U.S. and Canadian cities in banning the sale of both dogs and cats in pet stores! Woohoo!

The Phoenix City Council passed the pet sale ban ordinance last Wednesday with a vote of 5-3. “Yes” voters included council members Velda Williams, Tom Simplot, Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, and even Mayor Greg Stanton. (Be sure to thank them via email here.)

This ordinance is a great step in the fight against puppy and kitten mills, where dogs and cats live in deplorable conditions with little to no exercise, stimulation, water, food, and veterinary care. Some rescues have even been discovered caked in feces and suffering from paralysis like Ricky Bobby.

Many pet store puppies and kittens often come from these sorts of horrendous situations, and unsuspecting consumers purchase their companions not knowing where they came from or even what medical conditions they might already possess due to their prior lack of care.

According to AZCentral.com, Pheonix’s ordinance speaks out against “the abusive practices of some large-scale animal breeders” and will help diminish “the Valley’s pet overpopulation,” by advising residents to adopt rather than shop for their four-legged companions.

“By shrinking the supply of puppy mill dogs flowing into our market, the ordinance is expected to boost adoptions for homeless animals and increase sales for small, responsible dog breeders,” said Humane Society of the United States’ Arizona State Director, Kari Nienstedt.

The ordinance does have an exemption for small “backyard” breeders and those who raise dogs and cats at their home or business, AZCentral.com reports, yet it also bans the use of “animals as prizes” at carnivals and amusement parks, which includes goldfish, insects, bunnies, and other critters (another nice piece of news to hear!).

With 2.7 million healthy and adoptable dogs and cats put down every year in U.S. shelters, Phoenix’s ban on cat and dog sales in pet stores is a welcomed change.

Residents of Phoenix: loveable shelter cats and dogs await you! So, go ahead, visit them today! (They’ll thank you with kisses & tail wags, guaranteed!)

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77 comments on “Phoenix Bans Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores!”

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3 Years Ago

Love it when the animals win, thank you for writing :) make sure to thank the lawmakers too!

Jeff Hayes
4 Years Ago

you will see at least 100 animals free on craigslist daily. And they aren't all going to good homes. We have rescued a few but that is all we could do. When you post a free animal you are saying Take it and do what you want with it because it is worthless.

25 Dec 2013

This breaks my heart when I see "free dog or cat". I have messaged many people that "if someone isn't willing to give money for an animal, then most likely they won't be willing to give money to take care of it either." If we all try to do this, maybe we can get the message across ... I am about to adopt a 'free" golden retriever that I found on Craig's List. The man was surprised when I told him I wanted him to see where and how this dog would live plus I wanted to be sure he (the dog) would get along with my other 2 rescues. This man told me not one other person suggested this and he didn't realize how important it is. Let's keep spreading the word that 'free' is not a good idea ... thanks.

Jeff Hayes
4 Years Ago

With as many free dogs & cats ON craigslist in Phoenix Arizona they need to.

Barbara Whipple
4 Years Ago

Foster, adopt, volunteer. Please pass it on !!!

Al Ro
4 Years Ago

woow great news!!

Eco EnviroGirl
4 Years Ago

Good!!! Now let's go out and adopt all those sweet animals from shelters that are waiting for a forever home <3

Beate Stern
4 Years Ago


Lori Harrison
4 Years Ago

love love love this

Georgie Rattan
4 Years Ago

Wisconsin took. G.

Peg Medearis Babb
4 Years Ago

This might get rid of some Puppy mills which should be banned everywhere.


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