A recent news story from the Salt Lake Tribune will have animal advocates cheering for the Humane Society of Utah! Like many animal welfare organizations, Utah Humane is opposed to pet stores selling puppy mill-bred animals for profit. So, when they found out that a donated pallet of dog food came from a pet store called the Puppy Barn, they said “Thanks, but no thanks.”
According to the article, the Humane Society discovered that the donation came from a pet store after the owners of the Puppy Barn posted a self-congratulatory video of the food purchase and donation on their social media accounts.
Administrators at HSU promptly sent the pet store a check for $900 (the estimated cost of the food) and informed them that they do not accept donations from companies that don’t share their mission. They also asked the Puppy Barn to take the video down. A Humane Society employee accepted the donation, not realizing the donors were pet store owners. After finding out, she was “upset” to have been shown in the video, thanking them for the food.
HSU notes that many animals sold as babies via pet stores often end up in animal shelters as they grow into adults, lose their cuteness, and become harder to handle for inexperienced owners. As officials at HSU say, “We don’t want to promote buying puppies when we deal every day with trying to find them homes.”