“Where *Not* to Buy a Dog: The Pet Store Connection to the Business of Puppy Mills

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Steve Forbes
90 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Dear Mr. Forbes,

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) appreciates comments made concerning the sale of animals by pet stores, because we share concerns about pets receiving the care they deserve. In fairness to the many pet stores that offer healthy and well socialized pets to families across the United States, however, we felt compelled to address misconceptions that made their way into the article, as well as some of the comments published in this space. I must emphasize that PIJAC is a strong proponent of rehoming animals wherever possible, regardless of why those pets may have been relinquished. Unfortunately, well-intentioned advocates sometimes take a simplistic approach to a complex problem. To favor pet adoptions does not require disfavoring retail pet sales.