VOKRA Joins “Pets Are Not Products” to End Animal Sales in Pet Stores

 

VOKRA Joins “Pets Are Not Products” to End Animal Sales in Pet Stores

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The sale of animals in pet stores has always been a thorn in the side of animal rescue organizations who are working tirelessly to home thousands of unwanted animals every day while people continue to purposely breed more. Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, reptiles and other small animals are all affected.

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Animals sold in pet stores originate from bred-for-profit, often-unscrupulous back yard breeders and mills that are notoriously known for breeding animals in horrific conditions; conditions that would make any animal lover’s stomach turn.

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This spring, VOKRA has joined Paws For Hope Animal Foundation’s Pets are Not Products Campaign, a local grassroots group of individuals and organizations whose aim is to end the sale of animals in pet stores. Paws for Hope is a foundation whose views strongly align with VOKRA’s; they seek "to advance animal welfare through education and awareness, community programming and support, rescue and rehabilitation."

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Since joining the Pets Are Not Products campaign, VOKRA’s board of directors has voted to take action by declining to work with any pet store that sells any type of animal. This includes taking donations from, holding adoption events with, and all other partnerships. This affects relationships we recently had with both PetSmart and Bosleys stores (Bosley’s is now owned by parent company PetValu.)

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We at VOKRA feel we must make a united stand with other rescue groups to boycott these stores until they realize the sale of animals is unjust, inhumane and contributes to the bred-for-profit pet overpopulation problem.

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This will be hard on us for the future, as this will sever ties VOKRA has had with stores and organizations who had been supporting us. We are looking for other avenues and ideas to promote our adoptions and information tables.

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We realize this stance will affect store franchise owners, many of whom personally share our view against pet sales. Many franchise stores have partnered with VOKRA in the past years for successful adoption days, and the sale of our calendars and other items. We are eternally grateful for all of their past support, ending our relationship with well-meaning and forward-thinking franchise owners was the most difficult part of our decision. To be a united voice and send a consistent message we must end our involvement with all parent companies that sell animals, completely.

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Thank you for you understanding. We welcome comments and suggestions from all of our supporters, and hope that you will join us in taking a stand.

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Sincerely,

VOKRA Board of Directors

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More information on Paws for Hope:

http://pawsforhope.org

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paws-for-Hope/

Posted by Alexis on June 24, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

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