Puppy Friendly Veterinarian Program
Dear Veterinarians and Staff,
Michigan Friends of Companion Animals is a coalition supporting stronger laws against commercial dog breeding and pet retail sales. One of our initiatives includes signing on veterinary clinics and veterinarians to the Puppy Friendly Veterinarian Program, pledging not offer services to business enterprises which are profiting from the sales of live animals in exchange for client referrals.
Peer-reviewed literature published in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association supports the fact that dogs sold at pet stores are at a greater risk for behavioral problems than those obtained from noncommercial breeders (1). Another study in Applied Animal Behavior Science found that breeding dogs at commercial establishments were significantly more likely to have health and behavioral problems, including higher rates of fears, phobias, and compulsive behavior (2).
By signing this pledge, you agree make an official policy. Your clinic can be seen as a hero in our community by pledging to work with shelters and animal rescue organizations instead of irresponsible pet retailers.
You will be given a plaque to display the policy in you clinic and your name will be listed on our website.
Over 100 Michigan pet supply stores have already taken a similar pledge with the Humane Society of the United States - the “Puppy Friendly Pet Stores” pledge. The Michigan Humane Society also has a campaign called “Protect Our Puppies “ asking the public to pledge not to buy from a puppy store.
Increased public awareness about puppy mills and their link to pet stores is in new legislation and local ordinances here in Michigan. Rep. McCready passed the Large-scale Commercial Breeder Act in 2016 and cities are passing the Humane Pet Acquisition Ordinance banning the retail sale of puppies and kittens.
Please help us move forward with our campaign against puppy mills and protect families from purchasing poorly bred or ill animals. You can pledge online
I’d be happy to speak with you about any concerns or questions you may have about the program or puppy mills in general.
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1. McMillan, F. D., Serpell, J. A., Duffy, D. L., Masaoud, E., & Dohoo, I. R. (2013). Differences in behavioral characteristics between dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores and those obtained from noncommercial breeders. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 242(10), 1359-1363.
2.McMillan, F. D., Duffy, D. L., & Serpell, J. A. (2011). Mental health of dogs formerly used as ‘breeding stock’ in commercial breeding establishments. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 135(1), 86-94.
Our clinic pledges not offer services to business enterprises which are profiting from the sales of live animals in exchange for client referrals.