AHS seeks support for St. Paul Humane Pet Store Ordinance

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Update: St. Paul city council voted unanimously to pass the Humane Pet Store Ordinance on Wednesday, December 12. The ordinance ensures that puppy and kitten mills can no longer work with pet stores in the city.

The city of St. Paul is hosting a public hearing on Thursday, December 5, to discuss a proposed city ordinance that would prohibit St. Paul pet stores from selling dogs and cats acquired from commercial breeding facilities.

Animal Humane Society, Animal Folks MN, and the Humane Society of the United States are working together to build momentum and help St. Paul become the third Minnesota city to pass such an ordinance. In addition to more than 280 other jurisdictions throughout the United States, both Roseville and Eden Prairie have passed similar legislation.

Show your support

We are urging St. Paul residents to contact city council and ask for support before December 5, and if possible, to attend the public hearing on December 5.

How to contact city council

Email Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us and state that you are a St. Paul resident. Ask them to support the Humane Pet Store Ordinance. Please use your own words and convey your belief that animals should be treated humanely.

You can also reach out to your specific ward and council member by email or phone. Visit stpaul.gov/departments/city-council and click on “District Council and Ward Lookup” (under photo). Type in your St. Paul address in the search bar. Your ward number, council member, and their contact information will appear. 

Attend the public hearing

If you can, show your support by attending the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on December 5, at St. Paul City Hall on the third floor (15 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102). No preparation is needed and all St. Paul residents are welcome. We'd like to pack the room with supporters!

Ordinance overview

The Humane Pet Store Ordinance would ban St. Paul pet stores from buying and selling dogs and cats obtained from commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy and kitten mills. If they choose, pet stores could work with credible rescue organizations and animal shelters to host adoption events.

The purpose of this ordinance is to put safeguards in place to protect animal welfare and consumers, and to recognize humane business practices and community values. There are no pet stores in St. Paul that currently buy and sell from commercial breeding facilities. This is a proactive measure.




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