WHO? - Barbara, one of the volunteers from Kent Animal Shelter, is organizing peaceful protests at three local pet stores known to purchase puppies from puppy mills.
WHAT (is a Peaceful Protest)? - According to Barbara, “Peaceful is because many pet shop owners will try and get protesters to start yelling, shoving, etc., so they can call the police and have the protest ended. I have had the sprinklers turned on me, I have been spit at, screamed at, threatened. We always remain cool and composed. We remain quiet and walk with our signs.”
WHERE? -The pet stores are as follows:
Yipity Yap: 1802 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
Puppy Experience: 487 Main Road (Route 25 East), Aquebogue, NY 11931
Peebles Pet Shop (previously Puppy Depot): 3669 Route 112, Coram, NY 11727
WHEN? – Saturday June 23, from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM.
WHY? – “This is to get the word out to adopt, don’t shop.”
According to Kent’s facebook page: “In CA, several pet stores, because of protests, have stopped selling puppy mill puppies and are now taking in shelter dogs and cats to find homes. We want this for NY. If you’re not familiar with what a puppy mill is and the pet store connection, here is a link that explains what the mother and father dogs endure: www.PrisonersOfGreed.org”
HOW? - Please let either Barbara or Kathy know ASAP if you will be able to attend – they need to get permits in advance for the event. They will also send attendees an email letting them know where to park. You can bring as many friends as you like, and you should each bring your own sign. I asked Barbara what the signs should say, and she offered the following suggestions:
“Where are the puppies parents?”
“Puppy mills breed cruelty”
“Google Puppy Mills”
PLEASE JOIN US: Respond to Barbara via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 631 338-7303 or to Kathy via email: email@example.com by phone 631 859-8509