Pet Store Owner Honored for Promoting Adoption

On Mother’s Day weekend, the oldest pet store in Naperville, Illinois will be honored for making the switch from selling dogs to saving them. Greg Gordon, owner of Dog Patch Pet and Feed, will receive the Kindness to Animals Award on Saturday, May 12.

Gordon says the shift has been terrific for business. He’s received calls from numerous pet stores and rescues from as far away as Hawaii – all want to know if he recommends making the change.

Dog Patch Pet and Feed now pulls dogs like Jack from high kill shelters and offers them for adoption.

“When I talk to other store owners, I tell them all to find a rescue to work with. I suggest they interview a bunch and find someone reasonable that gets that you are a retailer and not a 501c3,” says Gordon. “I tell them to make sure that they are not doing these good things alone. It’s important to network, let folks know what you are up to, to let go of any past battles and engage and focus on what they can do.”

The store features adoptable pets from Annie’s Little Angels Small Breed Dog and Cat Rescue. ALA saves dogs and cats from high kill shelters. Gordon says that since making the change, the business has seen an increase in new customers. In January, Dog Patch Pet and Feed sold it’s last puppy. Gordon says there is no going back.

“This is probably the best decision I could have made. We are thrilled to see our own progress as we figure this out,” he said. “We have saved many lives.”







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  • April 26, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Eric

    This is awesome! Way to go! :-)

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  • April 26, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    YAYAYAYAYAYY!!

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  • April 26, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lee

    God Bless him…More pet store owners should do the same exact thing……

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  • April 26, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cecilie Wallem

    :)

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    April 26, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laurel

    Yes great!

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  • April 26, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Giovanni

    Awesome! :D

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    April 26, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicole

    Fantastic!

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    April 26, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynette

    yay…i am from that area and so happy to hear…gotta share with all my friends and family back home!!

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    April 26, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    LIKE LIKE LIKE x a Thousand Times!!! Yeeeaaahhhh :)

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  • April 26, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marie

    Sharing!

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    April 26, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracey

    Score one for the homebound shelter pets! This is a great story. I love that lives are being saved and that his business has increased. What a positive move in the lives of shelter animals. God bless them all and keep up the good work.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Shared this great news.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Finally ! A long time coming, hope this a new trend that catchs on.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Catherine

    That is wonderful !

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    April 26, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    Awesome, awesome awesome!!! I just can’t say that enough! Oh and SHARED!

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    April 26, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gloria

    How wonderful!!!

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  • April 26, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lora

    This man is awesome!!!

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    April 26, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kirsten

    Wish there were a LOVE button!! I grew up just north of there. This is SOOOOO cool!! =D

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    April 26, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    My husband’s and my first dog together was a pet store dog. Then a rescue, then a few from breeders. All of our cats were rescues. I am committed to making sure that all of our future animals are rescues.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tora

    Well done Gordon!

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  • April 26, 2012 8:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    Breeding should be outlawed! So sad that people still need their designer things.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Great people!!! Need more like them!

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    April 26, 2012 8:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    John

    Bad breeders shoudl be banned from breeding not good ones IMO.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cassie

    I live in naperville and was hoping it was one of the larger of two others. BUT this is still a great step forward.

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    April 26, 2012 8:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    Good breeders are not the problem, puppy mills are. Albuquerque banned cats and dogs for sale in pet shops a few years ago – aiming for no-kill. The only dogs and cats for “sale” are those in the very nice retail outlets the shelters now run; they also sell toys and food and are staffed by volunteers. Part of the same law was mandatory spay/neuter, microchipping, and shots. If someone wants to not spay/neuter, they have to pay $100 per pet fee so that helps to keep down backyard breeders. So far, the ordinances are making progress.

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  • April 26, 2012 8:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patty

    All breeding needs to stop until the balance is restored and every animal has a loving, fur-ever home. Every new puppy, kitten, foal, etc. that is bred takes a home away from one that is already here and looking for love. Do the math!

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  • April 26, 2012 8:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sonia

    God Bless him.

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    April 26, 2012 8:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cheri

    Get REAL PAtricia 19,000 pits on petfinder just yesterday not counting other breads on there how many of them will be saved and how many KILLED do the math ALL BREEDING needs to stop and save and rehome the ones in kill sheters!

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    April 26, 2012 10:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Look at the face on Jack.How could anyone kill him! Sadly there are a million Jacks.Bless those who save them.

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  • April 27, 2012 9:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Joke Puppy

    Great idea ! Hope it works out well for him.

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    April 27, 2012 3:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kristin

    This is where I got my little Roxy :) best dog ever xoxo

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    April 27, 2012 5:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    Excellent! We need more people like you.

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    April 27, 2012 10:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Teri

    this is a giant step in the right direction, I volunteer with some of the most amazing people at a shelter that isn’t no-kill,, its not often that we know of that animals are euthanized for lack of space but they are stretched to the limit, every single animal that is brought to them finds shelter, they have Baby racoons, squirels, turtles birds, bunnies, rats, mice wonder dogs and cats, I hope this trend takes hold and all stores convert, whether a breeder is good or not there is no need for additional animals being brought into the world without finding homes for the dejected, lost and abandoned:) I will promote this! love it

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    April 27, 2012 11:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    courtney

    I shop here. These are wonderful people!

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