Warwick pet store joins national effort to stop puppy mills

West Bay

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A local pet store is changing up the way it does business – refocusing from commercially-raised puppy sales to adoptions of rescued shelter animals.

Denise Rachiele, who owns All About Pets and Great Escape Rescue, held a grand reopening Saturday afternoon.

“What we’ve found is, people need an outlet, they want puppies and kittens,” Rachiele said.

Rachiele said the dogs and cats are arriving from Estill County Animal Shelter and The Way Home Rescue Alliance – both located in Kentucky.

“We found a way we can work with a shelter down in Kentucky that has an overabundance of them,” she said.

Rachiele says all animals are quarantined and vaccinated before transported to Rhode Island.

Four puppies – named Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer – are expected to arrive the first week of November, all Border Collies.

Rachiele also said she will continue to do business with local reputable breeders.


Additionally, All About Pets now joins more than 3,000 stores nationwide that have signed the Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge.

According to John Moyer, the outreach program manager for the Animal Humane Society of the United States, this is the first Rhode Island store to take the pledge.

“We (Human Society of the United States) do support responsible breeding,” Moyer said. “Unfortunately there are breeders that aren’t doing the right thing.”

“Responsible breeders don’t sell their puppies in pet stores,” he added. “They [responsible breeders] want to make sure they have a conversation and a relationship with the people buying.”

When buying a puppy or animal, Moyer said everyone should be aware of the “Horrible Hundred.”

“We do have what is called the ‘Horrible Hundred’ list, which lists the worst puppy mill operations and breeders across the county,” Moyer said.

The Horrible Hundred: 2019 »

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats). The ASPCA approximates nearly double that enter shelters each year (6.5 million dogs and cats).

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