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VANCOUVER, BC (December 3, 2016) – Every year, pet stores sell puppies, kittens, rabbits, ferrets, mice, guinea pigs, and other animals as gifts. Kathy Powelson, Executive Director of Paws For Hope Animal Foundation, a non-profit in Vancouver, BC that directly assists animal rescue charities and advocates to ban the retail sale of animals, says it’s time for the public to realize that Pets Are Not Products.
“People who buy animals as gifts often act on impulse,” says Powelson. “They get a cute puppy, wrap it in a bow, and four months later they’re tired, frustrated, and their bank account is taxed. They realize they made a mistake in judgement. And that sweet dog ends up in a shelter. Or a cute kitten ends up at the side of the road. It happens way more than you’d think.”
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