New York

Say YES to Pet Choice,
Tell Your Legislators to VOTE NO on S.4232/A.6298

Lawmakers in Albany have introduced a bill that places the future of New York’s pet stores in jeopardy and limits the rights of all prospective pet owners.

What’s at stake:

Legislation currently being considered in Albany — S.4234 (Gianaris)/A.6298 (Rosenthal) — would prohibit the sales of puppies, kittens and bunnies in pet stores across New York State, and fundamentally alter how pet store owners conduct business in our state.

Under current law, the responsible breeders that pet stores partner with are the only USDA-regulated and inspected sources for New Yorkers to purchase a puppy, kitten or bunny. Responsible breeders and pet store owners offer future pet owners more choice and legal protections for them to get animals.

We all agree that puppy mills need to be shut down, but this misguided bill will not do that. In reality, the bad breeders this legislation targets will go untouched while responsible pet store owners pay the price and will be forced to close their doors and lay off hardworking New Yorkers. Families who are seeking a specific breed of dog will be driven to unlicensed sources, and could fall victim to unscrupulous sellers.

What You Can Do:

Use the form below to contact your state legislator and tell them to VOTE NO on S.4234/A.6298.


  • And spread the word! Share why pet choice matters to you on Facebook and Twitter, and tell your friends and family to get involved. The more people that speak out about how this legislation punishes responsible pet store owners and limits pet choice, the better chance we have to stop it in its tracks.