Pet shops treat puppies, kittens, birds, hamsters, mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles, fish, and even some insects as if they were ornaments or accessories. They sell them to anyone without screening or providing proper care information. Selling animals promotes breeding and denies homes to thousands of homeless and abandoned animals who await adoption and rescue.
Most animals sold in pet stores come from breeding mills where they are denied socialization, exercise, and veterinary care. They are considered inventory. Many do not survive the transport, and those who do are put on display in small, cramped enclosures.
More and more cities from all over the country are disallowing the sale of live animals in pet stores. Unfortunately, pet stores may still sell live animals here in Marin County. In the coming months, we will be appealing to those stores to discontinue the sale of animals and promote only responsible adoption. We ask you, the community, to support only those stores that do not have animals for sale.