Vancouver, BC On Monday, September 11, 2017 Paws for Hope Animal Foundation’s Executive Director will present before Surrey City Council to request they follow the lead of Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond and over 200 other cities across Canada and the United States and create a bylaw to prohibit the retail sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores.

“Surrey has a massive pet overpopulation problem” states, Executive Director, Kathy Powelson. “In addition to having the busiest animal shelter in B.C., it is estimated that 2000 cats and kittens are rescued each year from Surrey streets. Some communities, such as Fleetwood, have a growing feral rabbit problem. We do not need pet stores to add to the problem of homeless and abandoned pets.”

After months of protests and meeting with Vancouver City Council, Paws for Hope successfully lobbied Vancouver City Council to pass a motion to create a bylaw to prohibit the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores unless they come from a recognized animal shelter or rescue organization. This move was met with overwhelming support and a unanimous vote for the ban.

“We can no longer ignore what we know about puppy mills, backyard breeders and the animal welfare issues that are associated with selling animals in pet stores.” states Powelson, “The vast majority of people know that it is an inhumane business practice, and they don’t want to see puppies, kittens and rabbits behind glass cages in stores.”

Kathy Powelson
Executive Director, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
604-396-9297 |

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