PETCO Store Reverses Policy on Selling Animals After Flooding
The company’s Vice President of Regional Operations, John Drew, said they have a new policy specific to flood plains to prevent another tragedy. While the PETCO chain will continue to sell animals at more than 1,100 other outlets across the US, the store on Harry L. Drive will no longer sell any animals.
Instead, an adoption center will be featured in the store to connect customers with dogs and cats and other small animals like guinea pigs and rats. Flutterbyes Animal Rescue Group will be coordinating the adoption process.
“All of us together, bringing rescues together, opening the center. The more resources you have, the more animals you can help,” Karen Utter, Flutterbyes Director, told YNN. “Tragedy happens, you move on. You learn from it.”
While the community might be happy to have their store back after the tragic loss last year, Dan Paden of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals feels it is not enough. “Animal suffering at pet stores isn’t limited to those located in flood plains.” he explains in a post in The Miami Herald.
PETA has been appealing for pet stores like PETCO to stop the sale of animals entirely, leaving stores to only sell pet supplies. Is this the first step towards a new company policy? I’m sure many eyes will be on the Johnson City store in the coming months as a model to the rest of the PETCO chain.
Paden is optimistic. “Now it’s time for all pet retailers to reverse course and sell only animal supplies – never animals. Not selling animals should be the rule, not the exception, and we can all bring that about.”
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