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Friday, March 15

No Events Scheduled

Saturday, March 16 Kirkland Shamrock Run (Dog Friendly)

March 16 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Marnia Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive
Kirkland, WA 98033

Seattle Pitbull Meetup – Let’s Walk Greenlake!

March 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Green Lake – Corner of N. 64th and East Green lake Way, N 64th St. and East Green Lake Way
Seattle, WA

Seattle Animal Shelter: Protect Your Pet – Vaccination & License Clinic

March 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W
Seattle, WA 98119

The Seattle Boston Terrier Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

March 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Magnuson Park Off Leash Dog Park – Small Dog Area, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Seattle Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group

March 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way,
Bellevue, WA 98005

Dog Gone Seattle Meet and Greet in Greenwood

March 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Greenwood, 10005 Holman Road NW
Seattle, WA

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Redmond

March 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Redmond, 8867 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Juanita

March 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Juanita Unleashed by Petco, 10042 NE 137th St.
Kirkland, WA 98034

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Lake Stevens

March 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Lake Stevens, 9004 Vernon Rd.
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Sunday, March 17 Greyhound Pets, Inc. North End Greyhound Walk

March 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Boxcar Park, 1200 Millwright Loop West
Edmonds, WA 98201

Spread a Little Luck at Paddywack!

March 17 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Paddywack, 15407 Main St.
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Eastside Littles Sunday Playdate

March 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16725 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Tacoma

March 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Tacoma (Stadium), 635 Division Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

Pawt of Gold Photo Booth in Sammamish

March 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sammamish, 22830 NE 8th St.
Sammamish, WA 98074

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Sumner

March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sumner, 15105 Main Street East
Sumner, WA 98390

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in University Place

March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – University Place, 3804 Bridgepost Way
University Place, WA 98466

Dog Gone Seattle Meet and Greet in Ballard

March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Ballard, 1909 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107

Northwest Boxer Rescue St. Paw-tricks Day Event in Redmond

March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pet Pros – Redmond, 15946 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98502

Project Canine: Becoming a Therapy Dog Team

March 17 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Project Canine, 1037 NE 65th St, # 193
Seattle, WA 98115

Smidget Rescue Adoption Event in Issaquah

March 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Civilized Nature Pet Products, 1527 Highlands Dr NE, # 110
Issaquah, WA 98029

Project Canine: Bow Wows and Books

March 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Northeast Branch of Seattle Public Library, 6801 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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Friday, March 8

No events scheduled.

Saturday, March 9 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

March 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CenturyLink Field Convention Center, 800 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Issaquah Alps Area Dog Hike

March 9 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Hike Venue, 175 Rainier Blvd. S
Issaquah, WA

Join us for Barre and Barks for Saving Great Animals!

March 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
barre3, 1404 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Great Dane Meetup in Seattle

March 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Magnuson Off-Leash Dog Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Gig Harbor

March 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lucky Dog Outfitters – Gig Harbor, 3104 Judson St.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Seattle-Central Frenchie Frolic Meetup

March 9 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Magnuson Park Off Leash Dog Park – Small Dog Area, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Dog Gone Seattle Meet and Greet in Kenmore

March 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Kenmore, 6820 Bothell Way NE
Kenmore, WA 98028

Northwest Boxer Rescue Meet and Greet in Sumner

March 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sumner, 15105 Main Street East
Sumner, WA 98390

St. Patrick’s Day Photo Booth in Tumwater

March 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Tumwater, 704 Trosper Road Southwest
Tumwater, WA

Seattle Beagle Rescue’s 5th Annual Wine Fundraiser

March 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Northwest Cellars, 11909 124th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Royal Hounds Greyhound Rescue Meet and Greet in Issaquah

March 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd.
Seattle, WA

Intro to Canine Massage Class

March 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
SplashDog Canine Well-Being Center, 9679 Firdale Ave.
Edmonds, WA 98020

Doodle Meetup at Chambers Bay

March 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chambers Bay Dog Park, 6320 Grandview Dr. W
University Place, WA

Northwest Spay and Neuter Center – Whiskers Wine + Dine

March 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sharon McGavick Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Sunday, March 10 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

March 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CenturyLink Field Convention Center, 800 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in West Seattle

March 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mud Bay – West Seattle, 2611 California St. NW
Seattle, WA 98116

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Tacoma

March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Tacoma, 4028 Tacoma Mall Blvd.
Tacoma, WA 98409

Seattle Boston Terrier Meetup Group – Eastside Meetup

March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Robinswood Off-Leash Dog Park, 14851 SE 22nd St.
Bellevue, WA 98007

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Bellevue

March 10 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Crossroads, 15600 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008

AHELP Project Caregiver Support Circle in Bothell

March 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Den Coffee Shop, 10415 Beardslee Blvd.
Bothell, WA 98011

Smidget Rescue Adoption Event in Mountlake Terrace

March 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Pet Adventure, 22803 44th Ave. W Suite E5
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Project Canine Bow Wows and Books

March 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Green Lake Branch of Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 98115

Emergency Pet Preparedness on Bainbridge Island

March 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Z Bones, 146 Winslow Way West
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Friday, March 1 Airbnb Experience // Drink a Draft With A Rescue Dog

March 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
192 Brewing Company, 7324 NE 175th St., #F
Kenmore, WA 98028

Saturday, March 2 Italian Greyhound Meetup at NOAH Pet Rescue

March 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
NOAH, 31300 Brandstrom Road
Stanwood, WA 98292

Forgotten Dogs Rescue Adoption Event

March 2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

PUP Adoption Event in Issaquah

March 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Grange – Issaquah, 145 Ne Gilmand Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Seattle Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group

March 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
13212 SE Eastgate Way,
Bellevue, WA 98005

Old Dog Haven “Have a Heart” Meet and Greet in Mill Creek

March 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Paddywack, 15407 Main St.
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Greyhound Pets of America Meet and Greet in Bonney Lake

March 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Petco – Bonney Lake, 9311 192nd Ave. E
Bonney Lake, WA

Dog Gone Seattle Adoption Event in Lake City

March 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Lake City, 8050 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue Meet and Greet in Bothell

March 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Bothell, 1410 228th St SE
Bothell, WA 98021

Forever Home Dog Rescue Adoption Event

March 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bridges Pets, Gifts & Water Gardens, 2929 Bickford Ave
Snohomish, WA 98290

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Marysville

March 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Marysville, 16508 Twin Lakes Ave.
Marysville, WA 98271

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Mill Creek

March 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Mill Creek, 1018 164th St. SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

WA Animal Suport Rescue Team Fundraiser – Raise the Hoof!

March 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Titlow Lodge, 8425 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98465

Mardi Gras Photo Booth for Pets

March 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mud Bay – Broadway & Pike, 1514 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Sunday, March 3 Dane Outreach Education and Fun Day in Fife

March 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Paws-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Kitsap Humane Society Adoption Event

March 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Bremerton, 4209 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA 98310

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Federal Way

March 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Federal Way, 1706 S 320th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Seattle

March 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
PetSmart – Aurora, 13000 Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98133

Smidget Rescue Adoption Event in Maple Valley

March 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mud Bay – Maple Valley, 24107 SE Kent Kangley Rd.
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Bothell

March 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Bothell, 22621 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA

Project Canine: Bow Wows and Books

March 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 10548 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

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Friday, February 22 Seattle Humane Society Bluegrass Festival Adoption Event

February 22 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

Saturday, February 23 Seattle Pitbull Meetup – Let’s Walk Greenlake!

February 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Green Lake – Corner of N. 64th and East Green lake Way, N 64th St. and East Green Lake Way
Seattle, WA

Acura of Seattle Adoption Event with Seattle Humane

February 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Acura of Seattle, 301 Baker Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188

Motley Zoo’s 10th Anniversary & Pale Ale Launch at Postdoc Brewing

February 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
PostDoc Brewing, 17625 NE 65th St.
Redmond, WA

Seattle Humane Society Bluegrass Festival Adoption Event

February 23 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way,
Bellevue, WA 98005

PUP Adoption Event in Issaquah

February 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Everett

February 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Petco – Everett, 1203 SE Everett Mall Way, #F
Everett, WA, 98208

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Issaquah

February 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Tacoma

February 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Tacoma (Stadium), 635 Division Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet at University Place

February 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Petco – 45th St., 809 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Dog Gone Seattle Meet and Greet in Seattle

February 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Greenwood, 10005 Holman Road NW
Seattle, WA

Northwest Boxer Rescue Meet and Greet in Bellevue

February 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Bellevue, 1645 140th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA

Open House-Introduction to WA State Animal Response Team – Rescheduled due to storm

February 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
King County Emergency Management Division, 3511 NE 2nd St. 
Renton, WA 98056-4192

Be Our Valentine Pet Food Drive in Arlington

February 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Skookum Brewery, 17925 59th Ave NE # A
Arlington, WA 98223

Join us for Sip & Stitch at WAIF!

February 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WAIF, 60 Rhododendron Park Dr.
Coupeville, WA

Pints for Pets BINGO in Bremerton

February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arena Sports Bar and Grille, 4111 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA 98310

Sunday, February 24 Eastside Littles Sunday Playdate

February 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16725 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Seattle Humane Society Bluegrass Festival Adoption Event

February 24 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way,
Bellevue, WA 98005

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Bothell

February 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Paddywack, 15407 Main St.
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Kent

February 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Kent, 10457 SE 240th St.
Kent, WA 98031

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in Burien

February 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Burien, 148 SW 148th St Suite B130
Burien, WA 98166

Pibbles and All Paws Rescue Adoption Event

February 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Corporate Headquarters, 5500 Corporate Center Lane SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Renton

February 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Renton, 17322 140th Ave. SE
Renton, WA 98058

Project Canine: Becoming a Therapy Dog Team

February 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Project Canine, 1037 NE 65th St, # 193
Seattle, WA 98115

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Tukwila

February 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Tukwila, 17200 Southcenter Parkway
Tukwila, WA 98188

Smidget Rescue Adoption Event in Issaquah

February 24 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Civilized Nature Pet Products, 1527 Highlands Dr NE, # 110
Issaquah, WA 98029

Pay What You Can Vet Clinic in Monroe

February 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sam’s Cats and Dogs Naturally, 20016 Old Owen Rd.
Monroe, WA 98272

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Paying for a Puppy They Don’t Have Anymore

Last Thursday, KIRO-TV ran a story about a family that leased a Husky puppy from Puppyland in Puyallup.

Alyssa Carter told the KIRO reporter that she and her husband “fell in love” with the puppy. But they couldn’t afford the $3200 price tag.

That’s when someone from Puppyland told them that they “had options” and could finance the payments for “as low as $100.”

This is the Husky puppy that the Carter couple leased. After making all the payments it would have cost them over $7200. They ended up selling him for $950 and but are still stuck with making the payments.

But the payments weren’t even close to $100 a month. They ended up being almost $250 a month.

As I wrote in my previous post about puppy leasing (Washington Pet Stores Are Leasing Puppies, 2/15/19), the Carter’s realized after they signed the contract that they would end up paying over $7200 for the puppy.

And even when they made all the payments, they wouldn’t own the puppy unless they paid an additional $487.50.

To make matters worse, the family soon realized that a Husky “wasn’t the best breed for them.”

They asked Puppyland to help them find another home for the puppy and ended up selling him for $950.

Carter’s husband told KIRO, “I’m paying for something I don’t even have.”

Puppyland’s Misleading Responses

I believe Puppyland’s response to the reporter’s questions about puppy leasing were at best misleading and at worst, deceitful.

Puppyland co-owner Kayla Kerr told KIRO they “deter customers as much as possible” when they offered “the leasing option.”

She also said they would tell customers who wanted to sign a lease “to go home and sleep on it so they don’t make a rushed decision.”

Ms. Carter told the reporter no one tried to deter them from signing a lease for the puppy or told them to sleep on it.

The puppy leasing model depends on customers making an emotional decision instead of a financial one because the desire for getting a cute puppy can cloud the judgement of a potential lessee.

As the founder of a company that finances puppy purchases noted, “We like niches where we’re dealing with emotional borrowers.”

Ms. Kerr made a couple of other claims that I think aren’t accurate.

Financing Option? What Financing Option?

Ms. Kerr told KIRO that Puppyland only offered a leasing option to customers with bad credit.

The customers with good credit are “given the option of financing” that gives them an interest rate that is “significantly lower than the fees they would be paying for a lease.”

This is the first time I’ve ever heard that Puppyland customers have both a financing and leasing option.

Puppyland’s website only mentions puppy financing.

I’ve never seen the word “leasing” anywhere on its site even though two of its financing companies for Puppyland, Credova and Mypetfinancing.com, have made it clear they offer leasing, not financing.

Credova has this statement at the bottom of its website (I added the CAPS and bolding) :

“CREDOVA IS NOT A LENDER. Credova provides a software platform for retailers to access third-party providers for LEASE-TO-OWN financing and other lending products based on a consumer’s credit profile.”

The website for Mypetfunding.com, the company that leased the puppy to the Carters, says it offers closed end consumer leases, not financing.

Puppyland said it offered both financing and leases, but two financing companies it uses only offer leasing. Nothing on its site showed it offered leasing options. Image from mypetfunding.com

It even clarifies the difference between financing and leasing: “A loan is the borrowing of money while a lease is a term rental agreement for the use of specific property.”

Nothing I’ve seen on Puppyland’s site, Credova’s site, or mypetfunding.com indicate customers could get 2 different interest rates depending on if they signed a lease or a financing agreement.

Did Puppyland Really Stop Offering Pet Leases?

Ms. Kerr also told the reporter that “they still do pet financing, but recently stopped offering pet leases.”

But as I just noted, both Credova and mypetfunding.com unequivocally state they do NOT offer financing for puppy purchases.

Puppyland says is no longer offers pet leases but the financing company linked to its site ONLY offers pet leases. Image from Credova.com.

If Puppyland no longer offers puppy leasing, why does it have a link to Credova’s site on its puppy payment page?

Ms. Kerr made another misleading statement when she told the reporter that Puppyland “doesn’t benefit from customers financing pets.”

When someone signs a lease agreement, the leasing company buys the puppy from Puppyland and retains ownership of it until the customer makes all the monthly payments.

Since the customer couldn’t afford to buy the puppy outright, financing/leasing allows Puppyland to make the sale to a customer who otherwise couldn’t have bought it.

Isn’t making a sale a benefit to Puppyland?

Also, without financing leasing, Puppyland would also have to continue paying for food and other expenses for the puppy.

In other words, the less time Puppyland has the puppy, the more money it makes on a sale.

Clearly, Puppyland benefits from customers financing/leasing pets.

If it didn’t, why would it offer customers the option to do it?

I Still Don’t Like Pet Leasing

As I wrote in my earlier post, I think it’s perfectly fine to lease inanimate objects like cars or appliances.

But leasing puppies, in my opinion, is wrong.

Even the American Kennel Club, the leading proponent for breeders like the one that supplies Farmland with puppies, opposes pet leasing. Its Canine Legislation Position Statement says: “AKC supports a ban on predatory pet leasing schemes that victimize potential owners, undermine a lifetime commitment to a pet, and do not confer the rights and responsibilities associated with legal ownership of a pet.”

Ms. Kerr’s misleading responses to KIRO’s reporter only reinforced my beliefs about the puppy leasing industry.

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Friday, February 15

No Events Scheduled

Saturday, February 16 Seattle Animal Shelter: Protect Your Pet – Vaccination and Licensing Clinic

February 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 pm
Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W
Seattle, WA 98119

Mid Winter Break Meetup for Dogs & Their Parents

February 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Edith Moulton Park, 13710 108th Ave. NE
Kirkland, WA

The Seattle Boston Terrier Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

February 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Magnuson Park Off Leash Dog Park – Small Dog Area, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Must Love Boxers Meet and Greet in Mill Creek

February 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Mill Creek, 1018 164th St. SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Bothell

February 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Paddywack, 15407 Main St.
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Dog Gone Seattle Meet and Greet

February 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Kenmore, 6820 Bothell Way NE
Kenmore, WA 98028

Northwest Boxer Rescue Meet and Greet in University Place

February 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – University Place, 3804 Bridgepost Way
University Place, WA 98466

Greyhound Pets Inc. Meet and Greet in Redmond

February 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Redmond, 8867 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

P.U.R.P.L.E. Adoption Event in Tumwater

February 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Tumwater, 704 Trosper Road Southwest
Tumwater, WA

Forever Homes Adoption Event in Edmonds

February 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Best Friends Pet Retreat and Day Spa, 21100 72nd Ave West
Edmonds, WA 98026

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Kirkland

February 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Juanita, 10042 NE 137th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Lake Stevens

February 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Lake Stevens, 9004 Vernon Rd.
Seattle, WA

Cadette Girl Scouts: Animal Helpers Badge

February 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
PAWS, 15305 44th Ave. W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

Sunday, February 17 Northend Greyhound Walk in Everett

February 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Boxcar Park, 1200 Millwright Loop West
Everett, WA 98201

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Adoption Event in Sumner

February 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sumner, 15105 Main Street East
Sumner, WA 98390

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest Meet and Greet in University Place

February 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – University Place, 3804 Bridgepost Way
University Place, WA 98466

Discovery Park Trails – Rhodesian Ridgeback Meetup

February 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Discovery Park – North Parking Lot, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Seattle, WA 98119

Doodle Meetup at Chambers Bay in University Place

February 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chambers Bay Dog Park, 6320 Grandview Dr. W
University Place, WA

Project Canine: Bow Wows and Books

February 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Northeast Branch of Seattle Public Library, 6801 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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Image from BullsEye Dog Rescue.

Bullseye Dog Rescue recently announced that it will once again offer free services to low income pit bull owners.

The Responsi-Bull Project is a three part program that provides

  • free spay and neuter
  • a free responsible pit bull ownership workshop
  • free obedience classes for pit bulls and their owners
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Bullseye Dog Rescue’s has a new partnership with Pasado’s Safe Haven Pierce County Spay Station. All Pit Bulls or primarily Pit Bull mixes are eligible for FREE spay or neuter surgery and a FREE microchip at the time of surgery through the Spay Station.

Locations and dates of availiblity can be found on Pasado’s Safe Haven’s website.  

Pit Ed

Do you want to combat the misconceptions about the pit bull breed?

Worried about the Breed-Specific Legislation changes proposed in the Puget Sound?

Tired of seeing people shy away from your beloved pit bull?

A happy graduate of the Responsi-bull Project. Image from Bullseye Dog Rescue.

Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of owning this amazing breed and help restore its family dog image.

Attend a FREE Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Workshop hosted by BullsEye Dog Rescue & Play Bow Dog Training on Sunday February 24th, 2019, from 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m at Paws-Aibilities in Fife.

Space is unlimited for the workshop – anyone who would like to learn more about our breed is welcome to attend. Registration is recommended.

Click here to register.

Train-A-Pit

Play Bow Dog Training and BullsEye Dog Rescue have teamed up to offer a five week basic obedience class for pit bulls that is FREE to those who complete the class.

You will be asked to pay a $50 registration fee and every week you attend you will receive $10 back. Attend all 5 classes and the class is FREE (normally a $175 value).

Train-a-Pit classes are on Sunday, March 10, 17, 24 & 31st and April 14th 2019 at: Paws-Aibilities in Fife.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn leadership, basic training and bond with your dog!

Restricted to those individuals of low income status and one dog per household. No rescue organizations.

Space is limited and registration is required.

FREE Pit-Ed Responsible Pit Bull Ownership workshop attendance on February 24th, 2019 is required to participate in the training classes.

Click here to Register.

Remember that only low income families and individuals are eligible for the workshop and trainings.

Use this chart to determine if you or your family qualify:

Thanks to Responsi-Bull for continuing this valuable program. Qualified pit bull owners should take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

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Hank died in downtown Spokane after he was electrocuted on a heated sidewalk with faulty wiring. Image from KREM.

Last week a 4-year-old herding dog mix named Hank was electrocuted by stray voltage from a heated sidewalk that malfunctioned outside the Washington Trust Bank building in downtown Spokane.

The intense jolt of electricity killed him within minutes.

Although stray voltage shocks and/or kills dogs every winter, most dog owners have never heard of it.

I never knew about it until 2010 when stray voltage killed a German Shorthaired Pointer named Sammy on Queen Anne Avenue in Seattle after a November snowstorm.

What is Stray Voltage?

Stray voltage is caused by deteriorating insulation on underground cables that exposes live wires.

This diagram shows how stray voltage can electrify metal objects. Image from Torontohydro.com.

It occurs when electricity “leaks” from exposed, faulty wiring and electrifies metal objects in cities’ infrastructure.

The damaged wires can cause uncontrolled electrical power energizing any and all surrounding surfaces, including manhole covers, fences, storm drains, sidewalks, light poles, traffic control boxes, metal handrails and metal bus shelters.

“Sidewalks, manhole covers, roadways, fences — anything that’s in our landscape that has wires buried underground: When they fail, they leak to the surface,” explained Dave Kalokitis, chief engineer for Power Survey Company, told TODAY.

Normally, concrete alone doesn’t conduct much electricity, but heated sidewalks like the one that electrocuted Hank are made to produce a current that can warm a sidewalk.

How Stray Voltage Electrocutes Dogs

While electric shocks from stray voltage can occur year round, dogs are most susceptible to electrocution during the winter.

That’s because salt and melting snow on sidewalks are efficient conductors of stray voltage leaking from faulty wiring to light poles, manhole covers, or any other nearby metallic object.

This metal pole has enough stray voltage to illuminate a light bulb. Image from TODAY.com.

These electrified metal surfaces can have up to 100 volts of electricity, which is equivalent to the voltage in a light socket and more than enough to kill a dog.

Stray voltage electrocutes dogs when they touch the metal surface with their bare paws. And because urine has both salt and water, a dog can also be electrocuted when it pees on a metal object electrified by stray voltage.

Hank’s owner told KREM that “he and his veterinarian believe Hank was electrocuted by a heated sidewalk, which malfunctioned. They also believe moisture and rock salt may have also carried the electricity to Hank.”

Stray Voltage Killed Seattle Dog in 2010
Lisa McKibbin’s dog Sammy was electrocuted by stray voltage from a streetlight on Queen Anne Avenue N on Thanksgiving 2010.

I knew nothing about stray voltage until 2010 when a 6-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer named Sammy was electrocuted in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood on Thanksgiving during a walk with owner Lisa McKibbin.

She said Sammy was electrocuted after stepping on a metal power plate at the base of a light pole on Queen Anne Avenue.

“I put my hand in Sam’s mouth and I felt a shock of the electric waves coming from his mouth,” said McKibbin on her blog about Sammy’s death.

After Sammy died, Seattle City Light discovered that the original installation in 2006 did not include proper grounding of four lightpoles.

Media coverage of Sammy’s death led other Seattle dog owners to come forward with similar experiences.

This is the metal plate that Sammy stepped on in 2010. Frayed wire from the lamppost leaked stray voltage that electrified the plate. Queen Anne Avenue N in Seattle. Photo from Lisa McKibbin.

The Seattle PI reported that local business owner John McDowell said “he had been walking his dog Oslo in the same Queen Anne area the day before Thanksgiving, when his dog let out a ‘bloodcurdling, screaming yelp’ and fell to the ground with convulsions.”

McDowell said Oslo “had also stepped on the plate – south of the one that killed Sam – and said the current tore through the rubber sole of one of his boots.”

The PI also reported “another dog owner commented on the blog that her cocker spaniel had also been injured after stepping on metal plate in West Seattle, which caused it to yelp and writhe in pain.”

Another women told McKibbin that “our Labrador was once shocked on that same block. She yelped and moved, and my husband tried to check for stray voltage, not sure what had happened, but couldn’t tell what the problem was. Now we know for sure what happened.”

Protect Your Dog from Stray Voltage During the Snopocalypse

The danger of stray voltage shocking or electrocuting dogs is extremely high in Western Washington this week due to the massive amounts of snow that fell over the weekend and predicted to fall in the next few days.

If you walk your dog on salted sidewalks with melting snow, please take these precautions from AnimalWellnessMagazine.com:

1. Avoid touching or walking on metal objects on or near the street or sidewalk during or after rain, snow or ice, especially on salted streets. Melted snow mixed with de-icing salt is a particularly effective electrical conductor.

2. Don’t let your dog sniff or pee on or near anything metal, including trash cans or dumpsters, and especially light poles with missing covers or exposed wiring.

3. Never tie your dog to a lamp post or metal sign while getting coffee or a paper.

After a dog was electrocuted in 2010, Seattle City Light began testing and streetlights for stray voltage every year. Image from Seattle City Light.

4. Put rubber dog boots on your pooch, but make sure they are watertight. If they’re not, they could do more harm than good. After each walk, check the boots for damage or holes.

5. Don’t use a metal leash. Keep metal on collars to a minimum.

6. Flickering street lamps should be reported to the utility company at once. Steer clear of them until they are repaired.

7. When walking, pay attention to your surroundings and your dog. Carry a charged cell phone, just in case you have to call for help, but don’t talk on the phone or listen to music while you’re walking – use this time to enjoy your dog’s company while keeping an eye on his safety.

I have a couple of things to add:

8. If your dog refuses to go forward near a metal plate or streetlight, don’t force him to keep walking! I’ve heard that dogs stopped and refused to budge when approaching a metal object electrified with stray voltage.

9. Avoid heated sidewalks.

As you walk your dog this week, please be mindful of your surroundings and keep away from any metal objects that could be electrified by stray voltage.

Here’s the story from KREM about Jack’s tragic death:

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Heavy snow is predicted for the Puget Sound region starting Friday night and continuing until late Saturday, so some of these events may be cancelled. If you want to attend an event call ahead to see if it has been cancelled

Friday, February 8

No events scheduled

Saturday, February 9 Great Dane Meetup in Seatac

February 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park, 3600 S. 228th St.
Kent, WA 98032

Seattle Pitbull Meetup in Seward Park

February 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S
Seattle, WA 98118

Old Dog Haven “Have a Heart” Meet and Greet in Mill Creek 

February 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Paddywack, 15407 Main St.
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet in Tacoma

February 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Tacoma (Stadium), 635 Division Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

PUP Adoption Event in Issaquah

February 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Fur-eva Your Valentine Party in Redmond

February 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pet Pros – Redmond, 15946 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98502

Ready for Love Adoption Event at Kitsap Humane Society

February 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98033

Valentine’s Pet Food Drive in Arlington

February 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Skookum Brewery, 17925 59th Ave NE # A
Arlington, WA 98223

Open House-Introduction to WA State Animal Rescue Team

February 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
King County Emergency Management Division, 3511 NE 2nd St. 98056-4192 Renton, WA 98056-4192

Saving Great Animals and Kendra Scott

February 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kendra Scott, 179 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004

Northwest Spay and Neuter Center – Whiskers Wine + Dine

February 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sharon McGavick Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Sunday, February 10 Pet CPR Class in Edmonds

February 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Canine Reasource Center, 9649 Firdale Ave.
Edmonds, WA 98020

Project Canine: Becoming a Therapy Dog Team

February 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 10548 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Eastside Littles Meetup Playdate

February 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16725 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in West Seattle

February 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mud Bay – West Seattle, 2611 California St. NW
Seattle, WA 98116

The Seattle Area Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Meetup on Mercer Island

February 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Ready for Love Adoption Event at Kitsap Humane Society

February 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98033

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest

February 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Tacoma, 4028 Tacoma Mall Blvd.
Tacoma, WA 98409

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest

February 10 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Crossroads, 15600 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008

Royal Hounds Greyhound Meet and Greet

February 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Animal Caregiver Support Circle in Bothell

February 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Den Coffee Shop, 10415 Beardslee Blvd.
Bothell, WA 98011

2nd Annual PUPPY LOVE Auction in Tacoma

February 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cheney Staduim, 2502 S Tyler St.
Tacoma, WA 98495

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Monthly Payments for a Puppy You Don’t Own

Recently I learned that two western Washington pet stores offer customers the opportunity to lease/rent puppies instead of buying them.

Puppyland in Puyallap and Farmland Pets in Silverdale offer a “financing” option for customers who can’t afford to pay hundreds/thousands of dollars for a purebred puppy in one all at once.

Neither store tries to conceal their puppy leasing programs. They use them as a marketing tools to convince people who may not have enough available cash that they can still afford a puppy.

But you won’t see the words renting or leasing on their websites.

Farmland Pets in Silverdale also touts its puppy financing program and doesn’t mention renting or leasing. Image from FarmlandPets.com.

Instead, Farmland’s site says “We Now Finance Puppies!” The Puppyland site says you can make “Puppy Payments.”

In a post its Facebook page, Puppyland said, “Puppy payments are around $100 per month and you can take your puppy home today!”

These phrases are simply marketing ploys to disguise that you’re making monthly payments to lease a puppy you don’t own.

Puppyland brands its financing program as Puppy Payments, which is a more palatable way to market puppy renting or puppy leasing. Image from Puppylandwa.com. The Literal Definitions of Leasing and Renting

Despite the effort to brand leasing/renting puppies as financing, the definitions of these words clearly show what these “financing programs” really are:

Financing is “the act of obtaining or furnishing money or capital for a purchase or enterprise.”

Even when you finance a purchase, you’re still the legal owner.

Renting is taking and holding (property, machinery, etc.) “in return for the payment of rent to the landlord or owner.”

Leasing is “granting the temporary possession or use of (lands, tenements, etc.) to another, usually for compensation at a fixed rate;

Even the Federal Trade Commission classifies financing puppies as same as leasing. Its site defines financing as “A lease of personal property to an individual for more than four months for personal, family or household use where the total contractual obligation is not more than $55,800.”

The stores can call their programs financing or “puppy payments,” but they are the literal definition of leasing or renting.

Rent-a-Center for Puppies

Financing a puppy with Farmland Pets or Puppyland means the financing company owns it and you make payments for the privilege of keeping the dog at your home.

If you can’t make the payments, the finance company takes it back. It’s like leasing a TV from Rent-a-Center; if you stop making the monthly payments, Rent-a-Center will repossess it.

I can’t say conclusively why Puppyland and Farmland Pets don’t mention leasing or renting puppies.

My opinion is most people would find those terms offensive when applied to a cute little fur ball that they want to make part of their family.

Saying renting/leasing also makes it clear to potential customers that they don’t actually own their new puppy.

Puppy Leasers Pay More 

These renting/leasing schemes also sneakily raise the cost of puppies astronomically.

For example, a couple recently bought a husky puppy from Puppyland and financed the purchase.

They originally paid $3048.33 for the puppy; However, if they made all the payments, they would end up paying more than $7000 for it!

Even after making all the payments, they wouldn’t own the dog until they paid another $487.50 to the financing company!

Community Finance is one company that finances puppy purchases for Farmland Pets’ customers. It has a chart showing payments the customer must make and how long she will have to make the payments.

However, the payment chart is misleading because it shows semi-monthly payments even though people usually pay off loans in monthly installments.

 

This is the Pricing Guide for Farm the company that finances puppy purchases for Farmland Pets. Notice that it doesn’t show the total payments will add up to more than twice the puppy’s retail price.

For example, a $2000 loan requires semi-monthly payments of $59 for 34 months. After making all the payments, the total the buyer pays for the puppy would be $4012!

But since the total of the payments isn’t listed on the form, buyers won’t know how much they will end up paying for the puppy without multiplying the $59 semi-monthly payment x 34 months and then remembering to multiply that number by 2 to convert the semi-monthly  payments to monthly ones.

When trying to determine the total price for that puppy, I forgot to multiply the semi-monthly payments by 2 a few times before I realized my mistake. 

I imagine some potential lessees don’t realize to convert the semi-monthly payments to monthly payments. This would lead them to believe the puppy would cost about half of the actual total if they made all the monthly payments.

In either case, the buyers would end up paying approximately 130% more than the retail price for the puppy.

If someone doesn’t have enough money to buy one of these puppies, how can they afford to pay more than twice as much for it? Even spread out over two years, the payments can be up to $100 or more per month.

And if someone gets behind on their payments? The finance company takes back the puppy and the lessee loses whatever payments she made.

Here’s the experience a San Diego women who didn’t realize she leased her dog as told to Bloomberg News in 2017:

“I asked them: ‘How in the heck can I owe $5,800 when I bought the dog for $2,400?’ They told me, ‘You’re not financing the dog, you’re leasing.’ ‘You mean to tell me I’m renting a dog?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah.’ ”

“Without quite realizing it, the Sabins had agreed to make 34 monthly lease payments of $165.06, after which they had the right to buy the dog for about two months’ rent. Miss a payment, and the lender could take back the dog. If Tucker ran away or chased the proverbial fire truck all the way to doggy heaven, the Sabins would be on the hook for an early repayment charge. If they saw the lease through to the end, they would have paid the equivalent of more than 70 percent in annualized interest—nearly twice what most credit card lenders charge.”

Why I Don’t Like Puppy Leasing/Renting Programs

You’ve probably figured out by now I don’t like the puppy leasing/renting business model.

I first learned about the practice of leasing dogs after writing several posts about Hannah the Pet Society, a former pet leasing business in Portland (the company stopped leasing dogs in 2016).  

Here are the reasons I don’t think pet stores should offer renting/leasing programs for puppies:

1.  Stores will encourage virtually anyone who qualifies for “financing” a puppy without knowing if the customer has the experience, environment, and/or space to handle it.  

2. It’s unclear what happens to a puppy when the financing company confiscates it because an owner lessee can no longer afford the payments.

Puppyland/Farmland sells the puppy to a financing company when someone finances it, so that company own the puppy.

Does the financing company have the time and experience to find it an appropriate home Or will it dump the dog at a shelter?

3. Renting/leasing puppies allows companies to avoid Washington’s usury law which limits the amount of interest the financing companies can charge. (more on this later)

4. It obligates someone who can’t afford to pay for a puppy at the store to pay twice as much or more for it through financing schemes.

5. This business model is based on deception as does not make it clear to potential lessees that they will not own the dog until they make all the payments as well as another balloon payment at the end of the lease. 

I think the New York Assemblyman who sponsored the bill banning pet leasing in that state summed the pet leasing industry well when he said, “Pet leasing is a predatory practice that preys on people who cannot always afford a companion animal.” 

Puppyland May Have Violated FTC Advertising Requirements

As I noted above, the Federal Trade Commission classifies the financing schemes puppy sellers use as leasing.

Consequently, the agency requires sellers to disclose specific items when advertising their puppy financing programs. Here’s how it is supposed to work:

“If your ad includes any of these triggering terms:

  • A statement of any capitalized cost reduction or other payment required before or at lease consummation, or by delivery if delivery takes place after con- summation, or that no payment is required, or
  • The amount of any payment.

It must include these disclosures clearly and conspicuously:

  • That the transaction advertised is a lease,
  • The total amount due before or at consummation, or by delivery if delivery takes place after consummation,
  • The number, amounts and due dates or periods of scheduled payments under the lease,
  • Whether or not a security deposit is required, and
  • In leases where the consumer’s liability is based on the difference between the property’s residual value and its realized value at the end of the lease term, that an extra charge may be imposed at the end of the lease term.”

While I’m not an expert on FTC advertising regulations, it appears this ad from Puppyland’s Facebook page would trigger the agency’s disclosure requirements since it advertises a payment amount, but none are listed.

 This post on Puppyland’s Facebook does not have the required disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission like classifying the monthly payments as a lease. Image from Puppylandwa.com. 

I found 2 other similar posts on Puppyland’s Facebook page.

Legalized Loansharking?

Usury is the action of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest.

Washington has a usury law (RCW 19.52) that limits the amount of interest a lender may charge a borrower. 

Currently, lenders in Washington may not charge more than 12% interest on a loan.

However, people that finance puppy purchases for Farmland Pets and Puppyland end up paying a much higher interest rate.

For example, based on the numbers in Community Finance’s Pricing Guide  a person who leases a dog for $2000 will pay $59 twice a month for 34 months. 

That’s an interest rate of almost 36% per year.

How can Community Finance legally charge what calculates to 3 times more than Washington’s interest rate limit?

Because the law exempts this type of transaction (RCW 19.52.100), which is classified as a Retail Installment Sales Contract.

In this interview, a Long Island women explains how the finance company duped her into leasing a new puppy when she couldn’t afford to pay the full price.

Bill Will Ban Puppy Leasing in Washington

I think it’s perfectly fine to lease inanimate objects like cars or appliances. But leasing puppies, in my opinion, is fraught with moral and financial issues.

“These predatory financing schemes only benefit the lending company and the pet store, while severely exploiting both the animals and their potential owners,” Jaime Olin, ASPCA legal advocacy counsel, said in a statement to  USA Today. “Few consumers seem to be aware of how these financing arrangements are set up, and oftentimes the word ‘lease’ is never mentioned during the process.”

And the desire for getting a cute puppy can cloud the judgement of a potential lessee.

The founder of a company that finances puppy purchases said, “We like niches where we’re dealing with emotional borrowers.”

Even the American Kennel Club, the leading proponent for breeders, opposes pet leasing. Its Canine Legislation Position Statement says: “AKC supports a ban on predatory pet leasing schemes that victimize potential owners, undermine a lifetime commitment to a pet, and do not confer the rights and responsibilities associated with legal ownership of a pet.”

As complaints about pet leasing schemes have increased, some legislators support banning the practice. So far, California, New York, and Nevada have banned pet leasing.

Here in Washington, Representatives Appleton, Stanford, and Fitzgibbon have introduced HB 1476, which would ban pet leasing.

Please call your legislators at 800-562-6000 and ask him/her to support HB 1476.

Washington pet stores must stop preying on someone’s desire to own a puppy by encouraging them to finance a puppy they won’t own and can’t afford with companies that charge outrageous interest rates. 

I emailed Puppyland and Farmland pets some questions about their leasing programs but never heard back from either store.

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