Require Pet Stores to Only Sell Animals From Shelters

Target: Patrick O’Donnel, California State Assembly member

Goal: Pass law requiring pet stores to only facilitate the adoption of rescue animals.

Puppy mill supporters in California are trying to block a bill that would prevent pet stores from sourcing animals from breeding farms. If passed, The Pet Rescue and Action Act would mandate that all cats, dogs, and rabbits offered for retail sale be obtained through a rescue organization. Similar ordinances are already in effect in over 30 cities in California, including L.A., in an attempt to shut down businesses that force pets to breed for profit.

Critics of the bill state that it is unconstitutional and will limit resources, inadvertently preventing adoptions; however, it’s more likely that the bill will lead to increases in rescue adoptions and put more puppy mills out of business. Reportedly, many pets from farms are trucked in from out-of-state, often from as far as the Midwest. It is immoral and inhumane that this sort of breeding is still allowed to take place. Sign this petition to let California know that you support legislation requiring pet stores to sell rescue animals only.


Dear Mr. O’Donnel,

I am writing to give my support to bill AB 485 The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act. I believe that this law will increase adoptions for rescue animals, which are the pets that truly need homes, and hopefully aid in shutting down unethical breeding mills across the United States.

Anyone who is in opposition of this law is not a proponent of animal rights. Please do everything in your power to ensure that this bill is passed.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Regulations concerning puppy mills should be addressed instead of not allowing registered puppies to be adopted.

    • FYI – I just (yesterday) adopted a puppy from a shelter but I also own a pure Pug I adopted as a baby.


  3. Alice Knight says:

    If this bill is accepted I hope there will be better facilities in which to keep the animals in. A cage which is pictured above is in no way a proper form of housing for the animals. All animals need a fare size enclosure so they can stretch, eat and play. All types of animal mills should be closed down and the owners held responsible for each of the animal’s welfare. It’s not acceptable to continually breed animals for profit.

  4. If backyard breeders and mills make money off lives, they should be regulated, taxed and restricted. All they do is contribute to misery.

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