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Adopting the Doggie in the Window
N.Y. store changes the concept of the mall pet shop
Dogs like Isabella will benefit from Hi-Tor Animal Care Center's partnership with USA Dog & Pet Shop.

Mall pet stores always make me sad, partly because I know the dogs came from puppy mills and partly because I know these stores encourage visitors to buy pets on impulse.

So I was excited to find out that a new pet store is opening at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, N.Y. that does not sell any pets. Even better, the USA Dog & Pet Shop features animals for adoption from the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. Currently the shelter is over capacity and is hoping that the partnership with the unique store will boost adoption numbers. Applications will be available at the pet store, but all adoptions must be completed at the shelter.

The USA Dog & Pet Shop will also be exclusively selling products made in the United States. This is a good resource considering the toxicity problems we've seen in imported products in recent years.

I hope that more mall pet stores will adopt this admirable business model. It's a great way to promote adoption and responsible pet ownership in a high traffic area.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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