I am writing to support Joanie and Ed Glueck, who own Pets and Pals in Tacoma. They have brought happiness to thousands of families for decades by selling great pets and pet products.
One person in the area has the press and City of Tacoma involved in her efforts to stop the sale of animals at pet shops. These shops are currently regulated by the government and must maintain quality products to preserve a good reputation. Pierce County’s and Tacoma’s animal control departments would be on it if there was a real problem.
You can buy dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from people on Craigslist, the newspaper classifieds, from ads on corkboards at grocery stores and Facebook. No one regulates these pet sales. But this one person is targeting a business that is licensed, pays taxes and is reputable.
I encourage patrons to write letters or contact the City of Tacoma in support of Pets and Pals. I am all for protecting animals, and our local Humane Society does a great job. But how about volunteering to mentor a student, clean up a park or visit with a senior citizen?