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August 2, 2019

On Monday, the Cape Coral City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that seeks to ban the sale of purpose-bred dogs and cats by pet retailers in favor of randomly sourced animals from shelters and “rescue pet” distributors. Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting and speak before the Council.

Similar to other local legislation that has been proposed and enacted in Florida, this ordinance would also legislatively memorialize inaccurate and derogatory statements about dog breeders.

The public hearing will take place during the City Council meeting on August 5 at 4:30 p.m. Click here to view the agenda and scroll down to item 9.A.(4).

The American Kennel Club emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet. AKC actively promotes efforts to ensure that people are educated, understand the demands of responsible ownership, and have access to a pet that is right for them. AKC opposes measures that restrict choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelters or rescue pet distributors.

 Read more about the impact of similar proposals in other communities.

 Why ‘Pet Shop’ Laws Affect You
Losing Your Freedom To Choose Your Own Dog
Ban On Purposebred Pets Will Repeal Consumer Protection Laws    

 What you Can Do: 

Residents are encouraged to contact their Council member on Monday and attend the meeting to express their concerns. Click here for contact information for City Council Members.

For more information, please contact AKC Government Relations at 919-816-3720 or email