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Barkworks in LA switches to adoption

Stephanie Feldstein
Ypsilanti, MI

Jan 13, 2012 — One pet store is taking a stand by not selling pets that come from so-called puppy mills. It's teaming up with a national pet organization and only offers dogs and cats from animal shelters.

For the first time, many shelter dogs will be permanently displayed front and center at a local pet store window in a mall, displacing their commercially bred counterparts who typically get top billing.

This pet store will no longer sell commercially bred dogs, and people who avoid shelters because of their stigma will be able to adopt a dog or cat that otherwise might have been euthanized. It's all thanks to Pet Connections Inc., a national organization that devised the Pet Transport Program.

The pilot program went so well, the rescue dogs were so popular, that come March 1 a Barkworks store here in the Westside Pavilion will become an official adoption center for rescues.