Dozens of Seattle-area pet stores have taken the "puppy pledge," promising not to sell puppies and instead supporting local animal adoption programs and providing literature that helps customers learn how to locate a reputable dog breeder.
The Humane Society of the United States says there are 60 puppy-friendly stores in Western Washington.
HSUS is applauding these retailers because their actions prove it's not necessary to support the puppy mill trade to operate a successful pet-related business.
Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS, says pet stores that profit from the cruel puppy mill industry need to step up and do the right thing by stopping their puppy sales.
"I am thrilled to have wonderful local advocates working in our area to increase the public's awareness of puppy mills," he said.
Store owners and managers who sign The HSUS' pledge receive a placard proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store, as well as materials about adopting a dog or finding a responsible breeder.