Out of Business

About a year ago, a new pet store opened up in our neighborhood, Pet FashionThis was the third such store in NYC.  I hadn’t previously known about the chain but couldn’t escape this store — it was located blocks from home and right across the street from the store we use for Abby and Zoey, Pet Stop, which we love for countless reasons.

Pet Fashion – not so fashionable?

Pet Fashion came in with a bang, hanging fancy banners, promising deals on puppies for sale, etc.  It employed the typical strategy of putting incredibly cute dogs in the window to lure shoppers and then up-sell them other products as well.  I “mystery shopped” the store on a few different occasions and was always horrified by the conversations I had with the employees.  Horrified enough to write a previous blog post about it already in this blog.  Again, really who breeds dogs in the middle of Manhattan? The new store was quickly picketed by fellow New Yorkers, neighbors and animal welfare activists, who knew from the other locations that Pet Fashion did in fact use puppy mills to obtain their dogs.  This went on a few weekends during the store’s first few months in operation and must have had some impact because whenever I would walk the girls by the store, no one was in it.  But trust there were always little puppies in the front window directly in the steamy, hot sun.

Puppies in the front window on a hot summer's day.

It has come to my attention that Pet Fashion on the Upper West Side has GONE OUT OF BUSINESS, and with that, another store location for puppy mills has dried up.  While broad change is easier to make at the legislative and regulatory ends, smaller “wins” like this continue to give me hope and I hope they do for you as well.


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4 Comments

  1. admin
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I am very pleased to have them off the Upper West Side of NYC. However, I know they continue to sell puppies elsewhere and hopefully we can continue to educate others on the large scale dog breeding facilities.

  2. admin
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I agree that education is absolutely the key! I am actually not familiar with the DocktorPet Centers from the 1980’s. You may have to school me a little bit on it. Thanks for your comments. They are always appreciated!

  3. Posted September 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I do not think it is true that lobbying for changes in laws is more effective than what you are doing through education. The Animal Welfare Act has not been successful in raising the standards of care for animals. The USDA inspections and local Animal Control Breeder Licenses have not decreased the number of backyard breeders. Graduated license fees have not decreased the number of hobby litters each year. Mandatory spay/neuter has not decreased the populations in shelters. Convincing people not to buy puppies in stores succeeded in the 1980’s by putting DocktorPet Centers out of business. The same grass roots education is succeeding again with the help of FaceBook and www. Thank you.

  4. Lori SHeppard
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    THANK GOD you persevered and they are out of business!!!! God BLESS you for the puppies you saved, not having a venue to sell them! <3

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