Warwick pet store takes on a new way of doing business

WARWICK – The Humane Society of the United States has officially designated a pet store in Warwick as a “Puppy Friendly” to recognize its commitment to only offering cats and dogs from approved shelters and shelters.

Representatives of the Humane Society, joined by several cats and a handful of dogs, gathered at All About Pets, 1800 Post Rd., On Saturday to cut the ribbon on the new way of doing business. The goal is to reduce the number of puppy mills, places where unscrupulous breeders put their profits ahead of the welfare of commercially raised pets.

It is the 24th pet store in the country to receive this designation by agreeing to offer animals for adoption in shelters rather than selling commercially farmed animals, and the first in Rhode Island, according to the Humane Society.

“They’re showing everyone what a cruelty-free model pet shop looks like,” said Annie Hornish, Rhode Island and Connecticut state director for the Humane Society.

Owner Denise Rachiele has been in business for approximately 15 years. She has never had puppies in puppy mills or sold commercially produced animals, she said, instead selling a limited number of dogs that she and her friends had raised several years ago. years. The cats she sold came from rescues, she said.

But the new arrangement will be a “win-win” for the animals and for her business: Cats and dogs that might otherwise be euthanized will now be able to find homes, and she will have more foot traffic like the Brick-and-L ‘. mortar pet shop business is facing tough times in the age of electronic commerce.

Cats and dogs for adoption at the store will come from a shelter in Estill County, Kentucky. The transactions will technically go through a separate Rachiele nonprofit setup, the Great Escape Rescue, also housed in the for-profit pet store.

Adoption fees vary, but can range from $ 175 to $ 250 for a cat, depending on whether the animal is spayed or neutered, and $ 450 to $ 650 for dogs, but less for older dogs.

Profit margins will be slim for this arrangement, Rachiele said, as she has to pay a fee to get the animals and has to pay for their vet care and transportation.

“But we are trying to find a home for these animals,” she said.

Puppy mills often keep animals in poor condition, exposing them to health problems, said John Moyer, outreach program manager for the Humane Society’s Stop Puppy Mills campaign.

And there are plenty of animals in shelters that need shelters: 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year, most of which are healthy, according to the Humane Society. Meanwhile, 2 to 4 million puppies sold each year in the United States come from puppy mills, according to the group.

The Humane Society has no problem with responsible breeders selling to individuals, but, Moyer said, no responsible breeder sells to a pet store.

On Saturday, three cats – Bubbles, Blossom and Brownie – were available for adoption. They were from Estill’s refuge, Rachiele said.

Four dogs – Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George – are still on the way. They needed extensive veterinary care, Rachiele said. They could be in the store as early as next week.

James Daily, 10, from Warwick, was at the store on Saturday with his grandmother, Pamela Coyle, who wore a Grumpy Cat t-shirt, and with his father, Jim Daily, who held 10 boxes of cat food. Some of the boxes were low in sodium; one of their three cats, Jim Daily explained, suffers from high blood pressure.

Would James like to adopt one of these cats? James thought about it for a second, but hesitated, thinking of the three they already had.

“It’s not a good idea to get more,” he said.

“But when we need another one,” Coyle said, “we’ll come here.”

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