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March 8, 2004
re: Statewide Pet Store Demonstrations


On Saturday, May 8th, the day before Mothers Day, there will be pet store demonstrations held throughout the State of Florida, in a massive effort to educate the public about puppymills. We are notifying as many rescue groups and shelters as we possibly can,
and asking if you all could possibly help the cause by arranging for demonstrations in your area or to attend a demonstration that has been arranged. We had a fairly good turnout for the two recent demonstrations that were held down here. Many of those that attended were either from rescue groups/shelters or had a horrifying experience with pet store puppymill puppies. As you are probably well aware, new pet stores are opening up all over. Here in Broward County, the numbers are unbelievable. We know that there are many others throughout the state that feel as we do about pet stores and puppymills.

If we could some how pull this off, this could be the most eye opening event ever in Florida. But we can't do it without your help. You would have to contact your local police, city hall or code enforcement, to find out if a permit or letter of authorization is needed. More than likely something is required. They will probably want at least 1 weeks notice, but it would be better to check with them. They will or should give you the do's and dont's as well. Some
cities do not allow signs on sticks (no sticks) or bullhorns. You certainly want to inform them that this is going to be a peaceful demonstration.

It is important that we have an idea as to how many people are participating, and which part of the state they are in, so that we know which areas will be covered. We are planning to contact the media here in south Florida and encourage you to do the same for
your area. We will attempt to also have it reported/announced on national news, providing we know which areas are demonstrating. Can we count on you and your rescue organization, friends, neighbors and family?

Please try to assist in this effort, and contact others that may also be able to help. Please email me at: [email protected]

Thank you,
Terri
 

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Great idea! I would certainly love to participate but am donating that day to volunteer work for Juvenile Diabetes setting up all day for a fundraiser to be held that evening.

I loathe and despise puppymills and am horrified to read that petstores in Fla are increasing because there aren't any legitimate, ethical breeders who will sell to or through petstores so that means puppymills' business will increase and more people will start up puppymills. This is alarming.
 
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