A petition launched last fall to ban the sale of puppies in private retail stores has so far garnered more than 21,000 signatures.
Meghan Huchkowsky, co-owner of Calgary’s Doodle Dogs pet supply store, launched the petition to spread the word about the problemhoping that he will get the support of new city councillors.
“Unfortunately, there are simply no bylaws or regulations in Calgary to prohibit this, so the petition aims to create greater awareness around ‘Hey, this is something we really want to get rid of,’ said Huchkowsky.
“Now that we have a new board, I kind of want to get in front of their faces and say, ‘I hope that’s something you want to pursue this year. “”
The Calgary Humane Society confirms that there is one store in town that sells puppies, but there are many other retailers that sell lizards and birds, pets known as “pocket pets.”
Brad Nichols, director of operations and enforcement at the Calgary Humane Society, said with overcrowding of animals at the facility and other rescue operations, retailers selling puppies are making the situation worse. problem.
“There are a limited amount of resources for kennels and foster homes, and we’re not the only ones in this boat. What we’re asking people to do is bring in a protection organization animals or adopting an animal from a shelter rather than buying one from a store.
Robert Church, owner of The Top Dog Store, which sells puppies, doesn’t believe his store is contributing to overcrowding in shelters. He is convinced that the animals in his store do not end up in shelters.
Church says all of his company’s puppies are well taken care of and feels he is being unfairly targeted.
“I consider our store to be an exemplary supplier and we provide a valuable service to the community by providing ethically raised puppies to better people’s lives, if they can bring a puppy home,” Church said.
“We operate under the supervision of a veterinarian and have professionally designed kennels. The dogs are out and socialized with us. They get the best food, all their vaccinations are up to date and we microchipped them.
Additionally, Church believes her store provides a safe and reliable option for people looking to purchase puppies.
“The flip side is that people would go to places like Kijiji or some other unreliable source.”
Huchkowsky thinks the practice of selling dogs in private stores is archaic and dated.
She says Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto have all banned the sale of cats and dogs in retail stores and hopes Calgary does the same.