The city of West Hollywood California is on the verge of banning dogs and cats from pet stores unless they come from shelters.
Imagine if this were done nationally. Shelters would have more outlets to place animals which would free up shelter space to allow more time to find homes for its residents. Potential parents would have more convenient locations to seek a new family member. Pet shops would have no reason to order pets from puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders. Consequently, pet overpopulation with its attending euthanasia rate could become a thing of the past. The message we could teach our children is that pets have value, they are neither Doritos ("we can always make more") nor are they disposable commodities with licenses to waste and to trash. Couple this notion with the idea of moving the supply of specific shelter animals to where they are in demand as demonstrated by the chihuahua air lifts - and voila - we put puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders out of business. There is no down side. Let's make it so!