Arguably, there is no place more notorious for homeless pets than Los Angeles, CA! With a large number of pet stores and a population willing to spend the money, pet stores can easily sell animals to people who have not fully considered the responsibility of pet ownership. Any you know the result — pet abandonment, pet surrender, maxed out animal shelters and high kill rates in city shelters. And this is not to mention the secondary consequences of pet sales such as high costs to tax payers and compassion fatigue among shelter workers.
But yesterday, the LA City Council made the courageous decision to pass a motion to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail outlets that are not from a qualified rescue organization (LA CBS, radio ref, TV news).
This is wonderful! Finally a real solution to pet homelessness for a city brimming with homeless pets. Well done LA!