Praise Pet Store’s Anti-Cruelty Stance


Target: Bruce Smith and Mark Araeia, Owners of Pets Plus

Goal: Applaud pet store’s partnership with animal rescue organizations

A pet store chain in Philadelphia has recently sworn off selling dogs from puppy mills after joining forces with the Humane Society of the United States. Pets Plus has implemented strict rules about where its pets can be sourced from in hopes of taking away support from cruel, profit-focused puppy mills, which often produce unhealthy or improperly socialized dogs.

Puppy mills keep their females almost constantly pregnant in order to ensure maximum profitability. This can result in severe health issues for the mother dogs, including malnutrition and bone weakness. The disgusting conditions and feces-covered floors often found in puppy mills are a breeding ground for parvovirus and flea and tick infestations. Finally, human neglect leaves puppies with sometimes lifelong behavioral issues, including incompatibility with other animals or humans once sold.

While these overcrowded and filthy dog breeding centers are illegal, many are still operating under the guise of legitimate breeders. As there is no way to be sure of a dog’s origins, some pet stores can end up unknowingly supporting puppy mills. In order to cut support for cruel breeders altogether, many locations of Pets Plus will now only carry dogs rescued by the Humane Society of the United States or Animal Aid of New Jersey, a nonprofit dog rescue. By adopting from these agencies, buyers will be sure to get a healthy dog with medical records and vaccinations.

By partnering with rescue organizations, Pets Plus will find homes for hundreds of rescued dogs, saving them from extended stays in shelters or euthanization. Sign the petition below to thank the store for considering the welfare of its animals.


Dear Bruce Smith and Mark Araeia,

Pets Plus locations across Philadelphia will be withdrawing their support from puppy mills. These cruel and overcrowded dog breeding centers put profit above the well-being of their animals, which often suffer from malnutrition, illness, and behavioral issues. Now, Pets Plus stores will only carry rescue dogs from Humane Society of the United States and Animal Aid of New Jersey.

As well as taking away support from these barbaric breeders, Pets Plus will be saving the lives of many dogs that would otherwise be euthanized in overcrowded shelters. We, the undersigned, thank Pets Plus for accepting responsibility for ensuring the well-being of all their animals.


[Your Name Here]

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