Over the years, many shopping malls have housed pet stores, selling dogs usually bred in puppy mills. However, a new trend is occurring where malls are now offering space to animal adoption organizations to bring rescued animals to the public.
Potential animal adopters are sometimes hesitant to visit animal control facilities or animal shelters for they fear they will see nothing but heartbreak. They sometimes think that only the sick, old, and enfeebled are in those shelters. To give the general public a better picture of the animals available in such facilities, shelter directors have been encouraged to take the animals out into the public arena. Shopping malls that once housed puppy stores are now offering space to those facilities so the public can be better educated in the kinds of wonderful animals who exist in their community’s shelters.
Many pet supply stores already offer space to rescue and shelter groups to hold adoption events, usually on the weekends. These stores realize the need to partner with groups rescuing the homeless, abandoned, and abused animals in their communities. The addition of space to house animals in other locations in shopping malls simply means more animals will be seen by the adopting public and more animals will find their forever homes.
As the general public becomes more aware of the horrors of puppy mills, they will demand more outlets for them to adopt rescue animals. When you think about it…shopping malls are great places for adopter and adoptee to meet.