Puppy Mill Free Reno!
Kitties & Rabbits, too! ♥
Dedicated to Washoe County's continued excellence as a world-leader in the treatment of animals.
With its world-renowned "no-kill" policy for which it has received major national funding, it only stands to reason that Washoe County becomes like many other counties ahead of it, a puppy, kitty and rabbit mill free zone.
Restricting puppy, kitty and rabbit mill sales in the County by requiring all commercial stores to only host animals from the many shelters and rescue groups in the area would allow our world-renown no-kill shelter to continue to thrive while protecting the health and welfare of animals born in what is commonly understood to be unsanitary and unhealthy conditions: Animals are constantly kept pregnant, birthing and nursing. To keep costs down these dogs rarely get medical treatment, see the light of day, know a kind hand or enjoy the loving atmosphere most humans would like to provide.
Big box stores PetCo and PetSmart are already onboard, as well as most of the locally owned pet supply shops. See Cruelty-Free Shops
It is my belief that when you actually see this, America, with your own eyes, that you are not going stand for it.
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Please sign our petition to end puppy mill sales in Washoe County.
Mike and his German Shepherd rescue, Wrigley. Larger.
No pet supply store within the County should sell puppies born and bred from the suffering and life-long torture of puppy, kitty and rabbit mills.
Many pet supply and services stores in our area, such as Natural Paws
, regularly host rescue and adoption agencies at their locations.
Pet supply stores offer pet products and some offer services such as grooming and/or boarding, including the big-box stores PetSmart and PetCo which long ago stopped selling mill animals.
Find more adoption resources on our Cruelty-Free Pet Stores page
Win, Win, Win, Win
Adoptable pets from the Nevada Humane Society and many other agencies (see Cruelty-Free
) are put through rigorous veterinary health procedures. Adoptions cost anywhere from 1
of the cost of what is often a sickly puppy mill pup, kitty or bunny from a retail store carrying mill animals.
Puppy Mill Free Reno mascot, Brooks, visiting his veterinarian 5 years after being adopted from the Humane Society.
"One of the healthiest dogs we see!"
Banning puppy mill sales in retail stores is a win-win situation in Washoe County.
In fact, it's win, win, win, win:
Win 1: Business
Directors, managers and volunteer groups from all over the world come to see how the world's most successful no-kill shelter works. They stay for the week, get accommodations, eat out and do a little sight-seeing after touring the facilities.
Furthering Washoe County's reputation as the most animal friendly county in the country is a win for business.
Win 2: Community
Nevada shows up at the top of some lists no one wants to be on. One of the many things we can be proud of us our no-kill shelter, the most successful in the world.
Washoe residents can be very proud of our standing as one of the most animal-friendly places to live in the country. Taking this positive reputation a step further and banning puppy mill sales, as have 31 other cities and counties throughout the US, is another win for pride in our community.
Win 3: Animals
Puppy Mills are some of the worst places on Earth for animals. They are kept in very small wire cages with no relief for their feet or sides when they lay down. Many cages afford them only 6" fore and aft. Because puppy, rabbit and kitty mills are run for the sole reason of profit, the animals never know a kind hand, let alone a loving family. They never leave their cages except to give birth. After just a few weeks their puppies are taken from them and they are returned to their cells, becoming preganant as soon as physically possible, over and over again. To keep expenses down, the animals never receive veterinary care.
For more on the reality of puppy mills including Oprah's 45 minute show on the horrors of puppy mills, see our INFO page.
Banning puppy mill sales is a big-time win for the care and treatment of rabbits, cats and puppies in Washoe County.
Win 4: Consumers
Most puppy mill dogs sold in commercial retail stores cost anywhere from $450-$2000, typically running around $800. They don't have papers (responsible breeders rarely sell to commercial stores), they don't have their shots or are spayed or neutered, so the owners need to spend a few hundred dollars more right away. The cats, rabbits and puppies are often sickly, but that only shows up after it's too late to take the animal back, sometimes costing thousands in medical bills within a few years. Sometimes the animals have to be put down at an early age. It's very hard to lose a family member so young, especially with children in the house.
Austyn and his Buddy, Brooks, adopted from Humane Society hosted at PetSmart, 8/2008. Larger.
The website owner knows of a recent incident like this. A two year old dog had stopped eating. The family brought him in to see if he had gotten into something that disagreed with him. The vet ran tests and diagnosed an autoimmune disease. The family was told their dog was dying. Two weeks after he stopped eating, the three children and their parents came in to say good bye to their family member who was put down to end his suffering. The dog was known to have been bought from a store selling puppy mill pups.
Companions adopted from non-profit adoption and rescue services cost anywhere from $45-$100. Typically have all their legally required shots and are spayed or neutered to boot. If a specific breed is desired, there is a rescue organizaion for every conceivable breed of animal and one available at nearly any age. Want to skip the puppy problems, a family can find a one year old black labrador retriever, for example, in just a few clicks of a mouse. Many local rescue groups and shelters are found in our area.
Erin's Chomper was adopted through Northern Nevada Bulldog Rescue. He's one lucky boy. Larger.
Adopting is a big win for consumers and their pocketbooks.
Shannon of Maggie's Playhouse and Tonka, rescued 6 weeks ago (Oct, 2013).
Puppy Mill Free Reno
is a broad coalition of individuals, businesses and politicians who are committed to Washoe County implementing an adopt-only policy, spearheaded as a Compassionate Washoe Project of RenoVegans