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Every year, 500,000 puppies are born in puppy mills and sold in pet stores. There are currently 1,000,000 breeder dogs being held captive in the U.S. That’s right. One million dogs.

How much is that doggy in the window?

The question we should really be asking is how much is that puppy worth to the puppy mill owner who sold it to the pet store retailer?

Every year, 500,000 puppies are born in puppy mills and sold in pet stores. There are currently 1,000,000 breeder dogs being held captive in the U.S.

That’s right. One million dogs.

These breeder dogs are confined to tiny cages in the puppy mills - never petted or loved - just existing to make more puppies and make their puppy mill owners more money. It's been rumored that 99% of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills and almost 100% of those dogs have a parasite when they are purchased. 

These shocking statistics are sickening and overwhelming, but there is hope because the citizens of Sarasota are finally saying enough is enough.

After residents expressed concern about the nature of the pet stores and their place in Sarasota, the Sarasota County Commission approved in a 4-1 vote to have a hearing for banning the sales of commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits, although the adoption of animals from an animal shelter would be permitted through these retailers. If this ordinance passes, Sarasota would be the first and only county in the state to have this ban carried out.

In the meantime, there's a lot that Sarasota pet lovers can do to show pet store retailers and puppy mills owners where they stand by affecting the good old fashioned model of supply and demand. By supporting local organizations that provide adoption and foster services instead of shopping for your next family pet or furry companion, you are telling these industry key players where you stand on the issue, as well as helping out countless helpless animals.

Satchel's Last Resort – SLR is a great local non-profit organization that has been helping cats and canines in the SRQ find homes while providing them a safe haven in the meantime. There are many ways to help these pups through adoption, fostering, volunteering or donating. If you’re a golfer, then SLR’s Pars for Paws Golf Tournament is a great way you can get in your time on the green while donating to this local non-profit organization. The event will take place on October 24th. For more information, visit their website and scope out their adoption available adoptions while you’re there.

Donte's Den - This animal sanctuary was created by Marsha Panuce with her late husband using their own funds to provide a place for dogs who were abandoned or whose owners could no longer care for them due to aging, decline in health, death, or military deployment. The residents of Donte's Den are available for adoption and donations are greatly appreciated. If you're not able to commit to adoption but you're still a fan of helping dogs as well as enjoying a good happy hour experience, be sure to check out the #SRQYappyHour page for upcoming events. All of the proceeds go to supporting the mission and operations of Donte's Den. 

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue – Donating, adopting, fostering or volunteer: there’s so many ways to help out this local non-profit animal rescue. While puppy mills are no joke, you can help support this organization with a few laughs at their Howling for Honor event taking place on October 28th at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Or stop by their retail store in Lakewood Ranch where you can purchase pet-promoting gifts and novelties to benefit the operations of the organization.

Humane Society of Sarasota County – One of the oldest national organizations for sheltering and adopting out surrendered and abandoned pets, the Humane Society of Sarasota County is the largest no-kill shelter in the area. The adoption center is always welcoming new friends to come in and pick a pet to give a “fur-ever” home. The organization is always accepting donations of food and other supplies. Come out and show your support for this organization while dressing your pooch you up in Visit the HSSC website for more information on how you can bring home your new best friend today and help support this worthwhile organization.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services – This adoption option is often overlooked, and while it’s not a non-profit (since it is funded by the county), Animal Services contributes greatly to the reducing the strays on the streets of Sarasota and makes a concerted effort to find these animals loving homes. The Animal Services adoption fees are some of the lowest among adoptive services in the area and they offer many socialization opportunities for citizens to get to know these shelter pets, including playdates and meet n’ greets. Follow them on Facebook to stay updated on the latest found pets and those available for adoption. 

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