In Naperville, Illinois, where at least one pet store sells dogs and cats, apparently one political candidate opposes a humane pet store ordinance (to limit pet store sales), according to community advocate Karin Smith. Listen to Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio about what happened to Karin because she stood up on her Facebook page against puppy mills, and Mike Isaac, a Naperville candidate for city council. For starters, Karin says she was fired from Naperville Area Humane Society, who you would think would agree with her on the issue of dogs and cats being sold at pet stores.
Naperville may not accept an ordinance supporting no dogs or cats sold at pet stores, but communities across the U.S. and Canada—more than 200 of them from San Francisco to Austin to Toronto—have laws that limit what pet stores can sell. No responsible breeder will ever sell to a pet store. In Chicago, Warrenville, Waukegan, and the entirety of Cook County, Illinois, passed ordinances that limit pet store sales as a means to fend off puppy mills.
Now, in Illinois, there are two proposals. One was just discarded by the House and a second still sits in the Senate, which would discard laws already passed to limit pet store sales and prevent any Illinois community going forward from banning sales of dogs and cats at pet stores.
While we talk about the sad puppy mill stories, Alison Eastwood, Clint’s daughter, talks with me about her new website, FosterFurkids.com. She’s filling a gap—an important gap—to get more pets adopted.
Petfinder is great for helping pets find forever homes. Eastwood’s site is about finding more foster parents—especially for cats—and even pet birds or gerbils or other critters that may be more difficult to find fosters families for.