California Will Become First State To Ban Retail Sale Of Dogs, Cats And Rabbits

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California is ringing in 2019 with a new law that promotes adopting over shopping.

Effective on January 1, 2019, California retail pet stores will no longer be able to sell dogs, cats or rabbits unless they came from a shelter, local rescue groups or animal control agencies. This will help eliminate puppy mills and backyard breeders.

All pet stores received a letter notifying them of the new law, and letting them know that the local humane societies and other agencies will be monitoring them to be sure they are abiding by the rules.


In addition, all pet stores have to maintain records of where each animal came from and clearly display the information on the pet’s crate. A $500 fine per animal will be issued for any violation of the law.

The law does not pertain to the sale of dogs, cats or rabbits direct from breeders. However, there are millions of dogs and cats in shelters across the country that are looking for a forever home. Adopting is the best decision you will ever make. Save two lives and adopt!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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