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Another Major City Just Said Pet Stores Must Get Animals From Shelters

This a huge step in the right direction.

The practice of selling animals in pet stores — often obtained in cruel ways— has slowly been on it’s way out over the past several years, and recently another major city declared a ban on the commercial sale of animals in pet stores.

On Tuesday night, Sacramento, California, became another of dozens of cities to pass a law saying that all animals in pet stores must come from shelters or rescues. The best part? All of the pet stores in Sacramento except for one were already doing this.

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Front Street Animal Shelter

There are now 213 cities across 18 states throughout the U.S. that have enacted these bans, which help to promote pet adoption and put a stop to backyard breeding and puppy mill operations. Puppy mills force dogs to have countless litters of puppies in terrible, cramped conditions, and backyard breeding can often lead to sickness and deformities. Reducing the number of pet stores that enable these practices can help put a stop to them in a big way.

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Luvable Dog Rescue

Not only did Sacramento pass this fantastic law, but on Wednesday, a similar bill is being introduced in the Assembly Appropriations Committee that would make this practice a law across the entire state of California — and that would be a huge step in the right direction.

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Luvable Dog Rescue

Florida, California and New Jersey are the states that have the most cities already abiding by this law, and hopefully as bigger, more prominent cities follow suit, more and more cities across the U.S. will enact this law until the entire country is only showcasing shelter and rescue animals in pet stores everywhere.