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Poulsbo becomes the 3rd city in Washington state to pass an ordinance preventing the sale of puppies and or kitens that are raised or bred in puppy/kitten mills. 
Click HERE to read an article about this on Seattle Dog spot

Bremerton is now the 2nd city in Washington State to pass an ordinance banning the sale of puppies and 
kittens that aren't being sold in cooperation with an animal rescue group! 
Click HERE to read an article about this on Seattle Dog Spot 

Bainbridge Island is the first city in Washington State to pass an ordinance
banning the retail sale of puppies and kittens that come from mills.
Click HERE to read an article about this on Seattle Dog Spot

Helpful Resources 

CLICK below to view Documents supporting a ban on the retail sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. This includes letters of support from Veterinarians, a State Representative, local animal advocates, as well as national leaders in animal welfare. 

What are puppy Mills?

A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mill puppies are sold over the internet or in retail settings like Pet Stores. 

Are puppy mills legal?

The most surprising thing to many people is that puppy mills are legal. The standards governing the care of dogs and cats in commercial breeding facilities are set forth in the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the agency responsible for overseeing the commercial dog breeding industry and enforcing the AWA. Any breeder who wishes to sell to a pet store or to consumers over the Internet with five or more breeding females must be licensed with the USDA.

Are there any regulations for puppy mills?

The AWA (signed into law in 1966) only requires the bare minimum in housing facilities and care. These standards are far below what most would consider humane, or even acceptable. The AWA also leaves significant discretion in the hands of puppy mill owners to decide what constitutes an adequate level of care for the dogs with respect to living environment, cleanliness and sanitation, feeding, veterinary care, housing structures, and comfort.

How are these regulations enforced?

The USDA currently has an estimated 110 inspectors on staff to inspect all the facilities under its supervision, not just commercial dog breeders and brokers. In 2010, these inspectors were responsible for 8,782 facilities.
The APHIS inspection program is overworked, underfunded, and failing to meet the clear intentions at the heart of the AWA: To protect animals in commercial and medical facilities.

What Can I do to help? 

  • Sign up to be on  Their Voice's mailing list . We will send you information about upcoming events and alerts on any changes to animal related legislation
  • Contact your city/county representatives  . Let them know you don't want to support the sale of companion animals in pet stores. 
  • Educate yourself and teach others about puppy mills and how to avoid supporting them. 

Click on the button below to view documents related to the discussion Port Orchard WA had between February - April 2018 re: a pet store ordinance that would prevent the retail sale of puppies and kittens.