California has become the first state to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a law requiring pet stores to work with animal shelters or rescue operations if they want to sell dogs, cats or rabbits. It still allows private breeders to sell animals directly.
Thirty-six cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, already have similar bans on mass breeding operations.
Supporters said the state measure, AB485, ensures better treatment of animals.
The pet store industry said it removes important consumer protections.
Brown did not comment on his decision.
Spread the word about the Animal Refuge Center and its work for the homeless pets of Hardin County, Kentucky to all your friends and family! We can't do our work without YOUR support!
Published:Feb 11th, 2010
We are posting this because animal cruelty is a reality and suppressing these hoaxes only allows abusers to work freely.
Claim: Web site offers to buy unwanted cats and dogs to re-sell for vivisection and animal testing services.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2007]
can you check out this website? this has to be a sick joke. there is no phone number, no address. I cannot imagine anyone being this cold and this cruel. I hope you can find out something.
Origins: Very little (short of outright killing or cruelty to animals) could raise the dander of pet owners like someone’s offering to buy up unwanted cats and dogs and re-sell them to companies for the
purposes of animal testing and medical experimentation. That’s the premise behind the site IBuyStrays.com, which purportedly engages in the business of taking the “burden off the hands” of pet owners by purchasing their unwanted cats and dogs.
Everything about the IBuyStrays web site screams “hoax,” however. The site contains no business information about the company (e.g., where it’s located, how long it’s been in business, who runs it), no contact information (e.g., physical address, mailing address, phone number) other than a single e-mail address from a free service (Gmail), and no explanatory information about the buying and selling process (e.g., what parts of the country the “service” is available in, how the animals pickup process works, how and when payments are made).
The site carries a tagline identifying IBuyStrays.com as an LLC (i.e., a limited liability company), but we could find no evidence of a business entity registered under that name in any state in the U.S. Furthermore, the site claims its operator is a Class B dealer who “legally purchases animals from shelters and random sources, and then resells them to industry,” but there are only 15 Class B dealers in the U.S., and none of them does business under the name “IBuyStrays.” The domain name is also registered anonymously, and the site itself is rife with spelling and typographical errors, none of which lends credence to the notion that the site represents a genuine business.
Sending e-mail to the address provided merely triggers an auto-response (one similarly devoid of any useful information) stating that “due to the large number of responses we receive, we are unable to respond to them all” and “we’ll contact you if you’re within our service areas” — simple dodges to explain why no offers to sell pets are ever actually taken up. (Think about it: If your business were really receiving too many e-mail inquiries for you to handle, wouldn’t you take the simple step of listing your “service areas” on your web site to eliminate having to deal with a flood of e-mails from customers in areas you don’t service?)
As well, the language used on the site is deliberately aimed at inflaming pet owners and animal lovers, suggesting that people sell their no longer quite-so-cute kittens and puppies so that they can “start over with a new [one] every six months!” and claiming that the purchased pets “become disection [sic] subjects” and are sold to veterinary schools for students to use as “live ‘practice’ dogs and cats before trying their hands on the patron’s beloved pets” (in addition to maintaining that other prospective purchasers include “medical research, pharmaceutical companies, cosmetic companies, defense-research establishments, and ammunition proving grounds”).
In short, the primary purpose of IBuyStrays.com is pretty obviously not to buy animals, but to pull some legs and yank some chains — most likely as a thinly-veiled way of stirring up outrage in support of the Pet Safety and Protection Act (which is prominently mentioned on the site’s main page), a Congressional bill that would outlaw the very type of activity the site purports to engage in.
ANIMAL REFUGE CENTER AWARDED $10,000 GRANT AS PART OF $250,000 DONATION FROM PETFINDER TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY
Local Animal Refuge Center, Inc. one of 25 organizations nationwide to receive a donation from Petfinder to celebrate its 20th anniversary and 25 million pet adoptions
PRESS RELEASE (December 7, 2016) – Petfinder, the nation’s leading resource for pet adoption, announced in November that Animal Refuge Center, Inc. is one of 25 shelter and rescue members selected to receive a $10,000 grant as part of the Petfinder 20th anniversary celebration. The grant, a portion of the $250,000 donation from Petfinder to the Petfinder Foundation, will be distributed to the selected organizations to help continue to transform the lives of adoptable pets in their care, as well as cultivate more lifelong relationships.
Beginning in late August, Petfinder asked people across the country to help make a $200,000 donation possible by watching and generating at least 1 million views of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video, which shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters. Pet lovers viewed the video more than 1 million times by mid-September, leading Petfinder to raise the goal to 1.25 million views and increase the donation by $50,000. The second goal was surpassed as the video was viewed more than 1.9 million times during an eight-week period.
“This year, Petfinder celebrates 20 years of helping find pets their forever homes. We are thankful for the support we’ve seen from pet advocates across country for the #MetOnPetfinder program which allowed us to overwhelmingly exceed our goals,” said Kristin Ryan, Purina Pet Welfare team managing director. “Petfinder is making this donation to continue to demonstrate our shared passion for supporting adoptable pets.”
Along with the Animal Refuge Center, the following 24 shelter and rescue members were selected to receive one of the $10,000 grants:
Montgomery Humane Society (Montgomery, Ala.)
Pima Animal Care Center (Tucson, Ariz.)
LapCats (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Bunny World Foundation (Los Angeles)
Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (Denver)
The Cat Network Inc. (Miami)
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Animal Rescue League of Iowa Inc. (Des Moines, Iowa)
Bond County Humane Society (Greenville, Ill.)
Animal Refuge Center Inc. (Vine Grove, Ky.)
Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (Ashland, Ky.)
MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center (Boston)
Adopt-A-Pet (Moorhead, Minn.)
Hawk Creek Animal Shelter (Willmar, Minn.)
Huberts Animal Welfare Center (Madison, N.J.)
Burlington County Animal Alliance (Willingboro, N.J.)
Wyoming County SPCA (Attica, N.Y.)
Friendship Animal Protective League (Elyria, Ohio)
Humane Society of the Ohio Valley (Marietta, Ohio)
Oakville & Milton Humane Society (Oakville, Ontario)
Forgotten Felines and Fidos (Germansville, Pa.)
Frances R. Willis SPCA (Summerville, S.C.)
Dallas Animal Services & Adoption Center (Dallas)
Cleburne Animal Shelter (Cleburne, Texas)
Center Valley Animal Rescue (Quilcene, Wash.)
“We wish to thank Petfinder and pet advocates nationwide for making this donation possible,” said Toni Morgan, Petfinder Foundation executive director. “The grant will have an incredible impact on the pets in our care, allowing us to continue dedicating our time and energy to providing them love and happiness and helping them find forever homes.”
As part of the celebration, Petfinder families, advocates, partners and fans also showed support by sharing their Petfinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder.
Over the past 20 years, Petfinder has harnessed the power of the internet to help facilitate more than 25 million pet adoptions through its extensive network of more than 13,000 shelter and rescue organizations. At any given time, there are more than 250,000 adoptable pets featured on Petfinder.
Petfinder was founded in 1996 by Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul, who started a website to help save lives of adoptable pets by connecting people to various animal shelters across New Jersey. The Animal Refuge Center, KY27, was one of the very first shelters to jump on board and promote their adoptable pets through Petfinder in 1996.
Petfinder is a leading online resource for pet adoption, education, awareness and advocacy. It strives to promote the advantage of adopting pets and make it easy to connect people with adoptable pets. Petfinder’s searchable online database of animals that need homes is updated daily and includes a directory of more than 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Petfinder also includes a library of free pet-care articles to help keep pets in their homes. Since 1996, Petfinder has helped more than 25 million pets find forever homes. Petfinder joined the Nestlé Purina family in 2013.
About the Petfinder Foundation
The Petfinder Foundation assists the 13,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster and Emergency Response, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more about the Petfinder Foundation, please visit www.petfinderfoundation.com.
About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.