A grand reopening and ribbon cutting for All About Pets, 1800 Post Road will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. to celebrate its transition from selling commercially-raised puppies to only offering rescued shelter animals for adoption.
The dogs and cats will come from Estill County Animal Shelter in Kentucky and The Way Home Rescue Alliance in Kentucky. In making this shift, All About Pets joins more than 3,000 other pet stores around the country that have signed the Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge of the Humane Society of the United States.
The Humane Society of the United States applauds All About Pets for improving the community’s pet adoption rate and taking a stand against inhumane puppy mills.
Adoptable dogs and puppies will be available at the event and the first 25 customers will receive a free “HSUS Stop Puppy Mills” tote bag. The first 100 customers will receive a “Stop Puppy Mills” button. Rhode Island Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D-Warwick) and Representative Patricia Serpa (D-West Warwick), Senator Michael McCaffrey of Warwick and Mayor Joseph Solomon are expected to be in attendance.
The adoption event will take place from noon until 4 p.m.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppies sold in the United States every year come from puppy mills, which are large-scale inhumane breeding facilities. Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in about the same number of pets euthanized at shelters every year. Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.