One of Canada’s largest pet retailers will no longer offer puppies and kittens for sale.
Petland says it will permanently cease the sale of the animals at its stores nationwide. Petland’s CEO says the decision “reflects the fundamental change in the way consumers are sourcing and purchasing puppies, resulting in a decrease of sales within pet stores.”
CEO Robert Brissette says the decision was not an easy one to make. “Putting healthy and happy puppies into good homes has always been a core and proud part of our business, but we acknowledge the changes in the way people now shop for their pets,” he says in a statement.
Brissette says Canadians looking to add a pet to their family should seek out a seller who is responsibly breeding healthy dogs. Petland plans to expand it’s Adopt-a-Pet program, and will work with animal rescues across Canada in doing so.
“Petland’s increased efforts to help adopt animals in need through store adoptions could make a significant contribution to ending animal homelessness in this city,” said Patricia Cameron, Executive Director of the Calgary Humane Society.
“As long as there are still animals without homes we encourage the public to adopt animals through pet stores that provide adoption space or through reputable breeders, shelters and rescue organizations.”