We are so pleased that the Macerich Company, a major operator of shopping malls throughout the United States has decided to no longer permit stores that sell live animals to be tenants at any of their 70 properties. As most if not all of the mall pet stores sell puppies that are supplied by “puppy mills” this is a fantastic leap of progress in the battle against animal cruelty. Essentially it is the lack of a retail outlet to enable these places of horror to make money that will drive these mills out of business.
In Freehold, New Jersey Raceway Mall has permitted the SPCA of Monmouth County to take the space formerly occupied by a pet store to open a satellite facility of its main adoption center. Here prospective “pet parents ” can meet their puppies and kittens, who will be housed in a state of the art adoption center and receive the proper screening and verification as suitable adopters. On designated days, older dogs will also be visiting to seek their forever homes as well. This facility is expected to open shortly.
TSI has been an enthusiastic supporter of the SPCA of Monmouth County, a no kill shelter, for many years. We hope that this terrific concept is repeated in shopping malls everywhere.