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Today, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced she has signed a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in the state.

While details are still forthcoming, a press release announced that the legislation will go into effect in 2024 and “allow pet stores to charge shelters rent to use their space for adoptions.”

Staff of the American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) did meet with the governor’s office to discuss our many concerns with limiting pet choice and removing consumer protections currently offered at pet stores.  In addition, AKC is concerned this could drive more potential pet owners to the Internet, where scams and disreputable sellers are rampant.  For more information on AKC’s position, visit the Pet Choice key issues page in the Legislative Action Center.

AKC will continue to provide updates on this issue, as well as several other bills regarding animals that are pending on the governor’s desk.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at