This was the 6th Annual St. Puppy’s Day, and my first. Hosted by Pinnacle Pet, it’s one of several events held around the country each year offering educational forums for breeders on animal healthcare, breeding best practices and kennel design and maintenance.
Today we have mounting evidence of the value — to people and their pets alike — of the human animal bond. My personal, albeit unscientific, experience certainly underscores what the research continues to tell us.
Pets play a vital role in our lives, and that means that breeders do too. Because we depend on them to produce healthy, happy animals, it’s about time we understood breeders better.
As of today, bans of pet store sales of dogs and cats that come from commercial breeders have been enacted or are pending in 77 municipalities and states around the country. As well intended as most of their advocates are, pet store sales bans are not the answer.