Looks like the Bend City Council may vote Wednesday to ban stores from selling dogs, cats or rabbits. None of the pet stores in Bend sell them now. So it won’t be much of a change.
Why bother, then? Why fix something that is not a problem?
It will prevent a store from doing it in the future. The city says the idea of pet stores selling dogs and cats is considered “increasingly outdated and socially unacceptable.” Sometimes pet stores elsewhere in the country have been outlets for puppy mills that produced animals with little regard to breeding healthy pets, just breeding dollars. The city argues the ordinance may promote awareness of animal welfare and reduce the burden on shelters.
We’d argue it’s better to adopt anyway. Shelters work hard to make sure they find the right pet for the right family. Many pet stores in Bend actually host adoption events. Much of that shut down during the worst of the pandemic.
Breeders are an option, too. Maybe not all breeders are perfectly motivated. Of course, many are or come close. We don’t have to tell you to do your research.
Just to be clear, the ordinance language specifically says the ban does not apply to breeders, animal care facilities or animal care organizations.