City of Blaine considers passing a humane pet store ordinance

Puppy in puppy mill

The city of Blaine is considering a humane pet store ordinance that would stop the sale of animals that come from puppy or kitten mills in pet stores. By doing so, Blaine will help end the cruelty suffered by dogs and cats bred in mills, making the city of Blaine a more humane place for companion animals.

The puppy mills to pet store pipeline is well-documented. Only one of Blaine's six pet stores is part of this pipeline. The other stores adhere to a humane model that doesn't rely on the sale of puppies and kittens from inhumane sources, and instead focuses on pet products and services. This ordinance is necessary so all stores in Blaine follow a humane model. 

We need your support

If you live in Blaine, please:

  • Attend the Blaine City Council meeting on Monday, October 4 at 6 PM (Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine, MN 55449). No public testimony will be taken, but your visible presence will help send a strong and respectful message to council members that the public supports this ordinance.
  • Email the Blaine City Council at asking them to support a humane pet store ordinance. Be sure to let them know you live in Blaine.

    Sample message: Hello, my name is [name] and my address is [address]. As a resident of Blaine, I respectfully request you support a humane pet store ordinance to stop the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. This ordinance will end puppy mill cruelty and prevent potential consumer heartache. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, [your name]
  • Sign the HSUS petition in support of the ordinance

If you do not live in Blaine: Urge anyone you know who lives in Blaine to contact their City Council.

Frequently asked questions

What are puppy and kitten mills?

Puppy and kitten mills are inhumane commercial breeding facilities that disregard the health and well-being of the animals to maintain a low overhead and increase profits. The focus of such facilities is the mass production of animals for re-sale to pet stores and online brokers.

How does the ordinance work?

The ordinance would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats while allowing stores to host adoption events with animal shelters and rescues.

Will it impact the store's business?

A humane pet store ordinance is business-friendly. The majority of pet stores in Blaine and across the country have adopted a humane business model where they do not sell dogs and cats. Instead, these stores make money from selling supplies and services — protecting animals and consumers.

What about responsible breeders?

Responsible breeders do not sell to pet stores because they meet prospective buyers in person. Also, 96% of National Breed Clubs include statements that their breeders should not and/or do not sell to pet stores. It is only those breeders with something to hide that rely on pet stores to sell their puppies.

How many places have humane pet store laws?

Four states in the US and over 390 localities across the country, including Roseville, Eden Prairie, St. Paul, Carver, and Cloquet, Minnesota, have passed humane pet store laws.

Who supports this ordinance?

Residents of Blaine, Blaine's hometown hockey hero David Backes and wife Kelly, Animal Folks, Animal Humane Society, Animal Rights Coalition, Humane Society of the United States, and Minnesotans Against Puppy Mills.

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