Washington: Support Bill to Ban Predatory Pet-Leasing Schemes!
Puppies sold in pet stores and online—most of whom are sourced from cruel puppy mills—are often very expensive. To make them seem more affordable, more and more pet sellers are teaming up with private lenders to offer love-struck shoppers the option to “lease” a new puppy.
These agreements allow the consumer to make monthly payments over a fixed period while the lender pads the purchase price with hidden fees, high buyout payments and high interest rates. Consumers can lose their leased pets if they miss payments or are unable to buy out their contracts at the end of their leases. The animals could be repossessed as if they were used cars.
Fetching sometimes thousands of dollars per puppy, these leasing schemes represent a big payday to greedy pet sellers who traffic in this cruelty, all at the expense of consumers and the animals involved.
The Washington State Legislature is considering H.B. 1476, a new bill that would address this by prohibiting pet stores from offering these predatory leasing or lending agreements to consumers.
What You Can Do
This bill has already passed the House. We need your help to ensure it passes the Senate, too. Please take these actions today:
- Please call your state senator and urge him or her to support this much-needed measure. If you don’t know who represents you, you find your senator’s name and phone number here.
- Then send a follow-up email to your state senator with the same message of support using the form below.
- If you'd like to get more involved or are willing to submit a Letter to the Editor of your local newspapers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know! A member of our team will be in touch with easy ways you can help!
Thank you, Washington!