For many years, pet stores have served as the primary distribution channel for substandard breeders to sell puppies, contributing to the overpopulation of pets in the homeless system, as well as the high euthanasia rates in shelters.
Following a two year campaign with the City of Ottawa, PAWS, together with a broad coalition of partners and supporters, successfully legislated against the selling of cats and dogs in Ottawa pet stores. In 2021, a bylaw, banning the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores, will come into effect, adding to the following other Ontario cities:
Toronto, Kingston, Mississauga, Vaughan, Waterloo, Oakville
We fully support the many pet stores that embrace a humane business model. These stores work collaboratively with local rescue groups and shelters.
PAWS strongly opposes pet stores selling puppies for profit.