Orange County commissioners voted to ban the sale of all dogs, cats, and rabbits from any pet store in the county. “This is a great day for animals in Orange County and a great day for animals in Florida,” said Kate McFall of the Humane Society of the United States. Pet Shops In Orange County No Longer Allowed To Sell Dogs, Cats, And Rabbits.
For months, animal rights advocates pushed the commission to ban the sale of pets at stores, saying it promoted unethical businesses like puppy mills. “Anyone who cares about the health and wellness of these puppies and kittens was absolutely in support of the ordinance passing,” veterinarian Sy Woon said.
The proposed ban in Orange County comes just a year after Attorney General Ashely Moody filed a complaint against an Orlando pet store for allegedly selling sick and dying puppies, calling it “both immoral and illegal.”
“It is reprehensible that the defendants would exploit the trust of new pet owners to make a profit while risking the health and safety of these puppies,” Moody said. Two pieces of state legislation were proposed last year. It would require pet stores to be licensed on a state level and regulate the sale of pets. Neither bill moved forward.
Petfinder provides a nearly endless selection of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, rabbits, and even barnyard animals. The site even features an interactive quiz that asks you lifestyle questions and breed preferences. This is to guide you towards your mutt match made in heaven.
Adopt A Pet
Adopt a Pet lists dogs or cats from over 17,000 different animal shelters and rescues. And in addition to traditional, four-footed pets, you can also find exotic animals. These include a small number of rabbits, birds, reptiles, and other small animals listed on the site. The website’s simple layout allows you to filter by location, age, and breed to find the perfect pooch for your family. Adoption requirements will vary depending on the listed adoption organization.
Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society’s main offices are located in Salt Lake City, but they have satellite facilities in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles too. The Salt Lake City facility alone is home to 1,600 dogs and cats in need of a forever home.
The site also gives you the chance to search animals currently at other shelters and rescues in your area. Best Friends Animal Society hosts a pet compatibility quiz on the site. This makes it easier for you to find the perfect furry fit for your family.
As with most other adoption sites that tap into animals at a variety of physical locations, the specific adoption terms and conditions vary.
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