Why Pets Are Not Products

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Why Pets Are Not Products

We are pet lovers. Pet adorers really. Maybe even furball groupies. When it comes to four-legged friends, we are head over heels in love.

So when we see pet stores selling pets and, worse, people buying them. Our hearts bleed. Here’s why:

When you purchase an animal from a pet store, you are supporting breeding mills.

Breeding mills have a reputation for inhumane and deplorable animal treatment. There are no regulations in the breeding industry. No standards of healthcare. And inadequate laws to protect the animals producing en masse.

Most people who purchase pets don’t know this.

They are good people with kind intentions. They give their new pets big love and nice homes. Unfortunately, the simple action of purchasing a pet says to the industry: “I’m cool with breeding mills. Keep it up.”

The fact is: It’s not cool. At all.

So we started the #PetsAreNotProducts campaign.
Our goal is to educate the public about acquiring animals the kind-hearted, ethical way and to encourage government to ban pet stores from selling pets in BC altogether.

Get your next furry friend – the humane way.


There are thousands of animals at adoption organizations across the province waiting for loving homes. Cats, dogs, bunnies. Heck even gerbils, ferrets, and mice too. No matter what kind of animal or breed you’re looking for, chances are there is a rescue animal that fits your needs.
Start with these organizations.

HugABull is a registered non-profit organization and a community of pit bull owners, advocates and enthusiasts. Our mission is to rescue dogs, provide public education, and build a community of responsible pit bull owners and supporters.

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. We also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC.

Small Animal Rescue Society of BC
The Small Animal Rescue Society of BC is a registered society run by volunteers. Our primary focus is to rescue and rehome small animals in need. Neglected, injured and abandoned animals are our main priority.

BC Chihuahua Rescue
The BCCR is a Canadian charitable organization (non-profit) rescuing Chihuahuas in British Columbia, Canada. The BCCR was established in 2001 and was formerly known as the West Coast Chihuahua Rescue.

Semiahmoo Animal League Inc
SALI’s mission is to honour, respect and protect the human/animal bond. Their goal is for people to improve the lives of animals and for animals to improve the lives of people. Their vision is a humane community with a rich, rewarding partnership and stewardship of people and animals.


Responsible breeders are few and far between but they do exist. If you are particular about your pet’s pedigree, go direct to the breeder. Find one you can trust and one that treats your next dog the way you will – like family – at NoPuppyMillsCanada.ca

Take the Pet Are Not Products Pledge today.
Spread the word. And the love.


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