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.”

9 thoughts on “Humane Society of Utah Says “No Thank You” to Food Donation from Pet Store

  1. We never adopted our birds from bird shops. We only ever adopted them from reputable breeders.

    It’s sad that so many parrots, particularly bigger ones, are returned. They are a lot of responsibility and people get frustrated with them because they expect them to just sit in a cage and be pretty (and talk). So many people adopt them on a whim, especially birds like budgies, don’t feed them well or show them the love, training, and attention they need.

    We are lucky that we have a place called SAVE near us that does not kill the pets they find/receive. I would definitely go there if I wanted a cat or dog. Most of the cats and dogs there were likely neglected, abandoned, or even abused before they found their way there. They have a nice set up where there are dozens of volunteers that come to walk and play with the dogs, and take care of and pet the cats.

      1. That’s so true. To be honest, I want my pet Hahn’s macaw to live a long healthy life with me, but if he lives the 30+ years that he can live, I’ll be in my late 70s (I’m no 46.5). My husband would be in his early 90s. With parrots, you really have to think about what will happen to them if you pass before them. It’s weird.

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