Celebrate the Holidays with ASPCA

Puppies are not Toys: Take the Pledge not to Shop in Stores that Sell Puppies and Give Gifts That Make a Difference

Festivities are more fun when your furry friends don Holiday Pet Antlers! Make them and you
smile with these amusing holiday favorites. Only $4.99!
Festivities are more fun when your furry friends don Holiday Pet Antlers! Make them and you smile with these amusing holiday favorites. Only $4.99!
  • Festivities are more fun when your furry friends don Holiday Pet Antlers! Make them and you
smile with these amusing holiday favorites. Only $4.99!
    Festivities are more fun when your furry friends don Holiday Pet Antlers! Make them and you smile with these amusing holiday favorites. Only $4.99!
    Festivities are more fun when your furry friends don Holiday Pet Antlers! Make them and you
smile with these amusing holiday favorites. Only $4.99!
    Festivities are more fun when your furry friends don Holiday Pet Antlers! Make them and you smile with these amusing holiday favorites. Only $4.99!
  • Symbolic Gifts represent a gift to the entire mission of the ASPCA, helping us protect animals in communities around the
world.
    Symbolic Gifts represent a gift to the entire mission of the ASPCA, helping us protect animals in communities around the world.
    Symbolic Gifts represent a gift to the entire mission of the ASPCA, helping us protect animals in communities around the
world.
    Symbolic Gifts represent a gift to the entire mission of the ASPCA, helping us protect animals in communities around the world.
This holiday season, join the ASPCA in our national No Pet Store Puppies campaign by checking out our newly released holiday video, Puppies are not Toys, aimed at educating consumers about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills. The ASPCA hopes that the video’s powerful message will inspire viewers to share it with their social networks, spreading the message about puppy mills far and wide.

Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, which are large scale breeding operations where dogs live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. The holiday season presents a time when many people are shopping in pet stores, and ASPCA is encouraging shoppers not to buy anything – including puppies, toys, kitty litter – at stores that sell puppies. A recent poll conducted by Edge Research illustrates what a huge impact consumers can have on the puppy mill industry.

  • More than a third (37%) of American adults plan to buy holiday gifts for pets this year—that’s more than 88 million people.
  • Based on the number of pet gift shoppers and average spending of $30 per person, Americans plan to spend more than $2.5 billion on pets over the holidays this year.
  • Unfortunately, 59% of pet gift shoppers would consider buying gifts at a store that also sells puppies—meaning some of that more than $2.5 billion in revenue may be supporting the puppy mill industry.
The ASPCA is calling on animal lovers nationwide this holiday season to take the pledge not to shop for gifts at stores that sell puppies. Instead, consider giving gifts that make a difference in the lives of animals in need like:
Gifts For Pets:
Symbolic Gifts: Also, be sure to join the ASPCA during our Holiday Trivia Twitter Party and giveaway extravaganza, co-hosted by Pet360 and Dogster! The Party will be from 7-8pm EST on Thursday, December 12th, 2012. To join the party, include the hashtag #SantaPAWS in all of your Tweets during that time!