PJ’s Pet Stores to Stop Supporting Puppy Mills

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Dinglehopper was sold by Hunte Corporation to a former PJ’s Pet Store location

 

I have written before (ok, several times) about my complete and utter loathing for PJ’s Pet Stores, the notorious Canada wide chain of pet super stores, who for years have been the bane of our existence for Canadians opposed to the sale of puppies (and kittens) in pet stores.

PJ’s Pet Stores were a particularly egregious example of the “upscale” puppy peddling pet store, with shiny display cases full of stupefyingly over priced puppies (I have the bill of sale for a Boxer/Boston cross who was purchased from PJ’s for the stunning sum of $3200, and helped place a French Bulldog who sold through the former PJ’s store in the upscale Yorkdale Shopping Center for $4800).

 

For almost a decade, many of us have lobbied against PJ’s, while those of us who do rescue have dealt with the fall out of their trade in badly bred puppies, sold on demand to unprepared buyers.

The tide has begun turning against PJ’s in the last few years. Rumors flew that PJ’s lease at Yorkdale wasn’t renewed partially because management were sick of protests and complaints, and Toronto City Council were discussing a ban on live animal sales in Toronto pet stores, putting them on board with the policy instituted in Richmond, BC, and under discussion in Vancouver, Edmonton and several other cities.

A press release from PJ’s has them bowing today to the inevitable -

PJ’s Pets and Pets Unlimited have announced that they will no longer sell puppies in any of their stores. As of September 1st, their focus will be to support pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for thousands of pets in local SPCA’s, Humane Societies, rescue groups and shelters across the country.

PJ’s wisely seems to have decided that, rather than being mandated out of business, they will attempt to take the high road. I’m not complaining, either – let’s just hope that the last few remaining hold outs decide to do the same.