According to the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, PJ's Pets, a large Canadian pet store chain, announced that they will no longer sell puppies in any of their 41 stores. As of September 1st, their focus will be to support pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for thousands of pets in local animal shelters and rescues across Canada.
This is a very positive development for the welfare of dogs. It will not only help alleviate the homeless animal problem in Canada but will also help alleviate the suffering of puppy mill dogs here in Missouri and other Midwestern states. PJ's Pets has for years acquired many of their puppies from commercial dog breeders in Missouri.
Hopefully, as more retailers and consumers become aware of the source of pet store dogs, namely puppy mills, demand for such puppies will wane and there will be a resultant decrease in the number of commercial dog breeders who mass produce dogs in often substandard conditions.
Public awareness combined with better laws and regulations, along with increased enforcement efforts, are making a difference in the plight of dogs in Missouri's puppy mills.