Encourage Gov. J.B. Pritzker to Sign Humane Ordinance to Limit Pet Store Sales


With one stroke of a pen from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Illinois will become the fifth state to ban sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. This follows a  bipartisan, 38 to 12 vote on May 31 in the Illinois Senate vote to support HB 1711  On April 15, the Illinois House of Representatives voted resoundingly,  76 to 24 in favor of the bill HB 1711.

So, why has the Governor been slow to sign? I don’t know for certain, but I do know that puppy mill supporters, the organized lobby of the pet store industry, the American Kennel Club and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association is spending big bucks trying to convince Gov. Pritzker to not sign this life-saving and ethical bill.

Ethical because no responsible breeder EVER sells to a pet store (ever!) and life-saving because so many dogs sold from pet stores wind up with severe medical and/or behavioral issues, many are life threatening or at the very least costly for pet parents to deal with.

If you happen to live in Illinois or know someone who does…..


EMAIL Gov.BillPositions@illinois.gov and call, 217-782-0244. 

Why this bill? Simply put, it’s about stopping the puppy mill pipeline and also the large retail “warehouse” facilities. Neither is good, and obviously puppy mills are downright horrific.

Momentum of States, Counties and Cities One By One Banning Pet Store Sales of Dogs and Cats

In April, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State signed a Humane Pet Sales Bill, made Washington state the fourth in the nation to prohibit the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, joining California, Maryland, Maine. That’s not to mention approximately 400 cities and many counties that have also stood up to puppy mills that supply pet retail stores with their dogs and cats.

Chicago was an early adopter to ban sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at retail pet stores, but a loophole in the ordinance prevented enforcement and allowed the puppy mills and stores to defraud consumers for far too long. That loophole was finally closed in the Windy City in late April. Due to one obstinate alderman, it almost didn’t happen.

In Illinois, currently 22 cities already ban retail stores sales of dogs and cats (and in some places rabbits also). Joliet, IL and their residents and advocates had been fighting hard to support a humane  ordinance, now they’ve got one – or at least once the Governor signs this bill into law.

Once the Governor signs, and Illinois becomes another state to ban, other states are already seriously considering similar humane ordinances, including New York, New Jersey and others.