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Canadian pet store stops selling animals

A pet store chain in Canada recently announced it would stop selling animals at all of its 41 locations across the country, the Huffington Post reports.

In an effort to help regional, overcrowded animal shelters, PJ's Pets stores will instead make the space available to pet adoption organizations to educate prospective owners, advertise pets in need of homes and process adoption applications, the news source reports. In addition, some of the stories may offer the space for kennels for sheltered animals.

PJ's Pets president and CEO John Jules said that the company saw an opportunity to help the local animal adoption agencies by redirecting the two million pet lovers who visit the stores each year.

The move of the chain also brings attention to puppy mills, an issue that is slowly but surely gaining an awareness. Most pet stores get puppies from these mills, where dogs are treated inhumanely and unhealthily to generate the most profit.

According to a survey by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 78 percent of adults misunderstood puppies sold in pet stores, believing they came from shelters, private litters or had no idea where they came from, even though 75 percent viewed puppy mills negatively, according to USA Today. 
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