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ACTION ALERT – Make your voice heard to keep retail stores from selling pets in our city!

THIS Tuesday, January 26, Council members Worth Morgan and Jeff Warren, in cooperation with Memphis Animal Services, will propose a city ordinance restricting the retail sale of dogs and cats at retail pet stores. This ordinance does not apply to animal care facilities, animal rescue organizations, or breeders (all of which are defined in the ordinance).

We need your support! Please reach out respectfully ASAP to your councilperson as well as your super district representatives to voice your support of amending Chapter 5 “Animals and Fowl” to create Article V to restrict the “Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores.”

Mass emailing all council members is not recommended.

Your address
What district you’re in

To find out your district, your council representatives, and your super district representatives and how to contact them, go to: Click on “Who Is My Council Member?” and type your address into the map, which will let you know your Memphis City Council district and your Super District. You can then see who is responsible for those districts and get contact information for them on the main city council page.

To read the ordinance in its entirety, go to page 28 in this document.

To get clarity on some frequently asked questions about the proposed amendment, read this document.



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A couple weeks ago, Anthony woke up to find Bobo was gone. He was distressed and immediately contacted friends to help him look for Bobo. They made signs and put them all over town. They talked to the people who knew Anthony and Bobo. When a dog matching Bobo’s description showed up at MAS yesterday, one of our employees, Emily, recognized Bobo immediately! She called the number on the LOST poster, and Anthony’s friend gave him a ride to the shelter within minutes to see Bobo again.

[Click here to watch their reunion and learn how you can help them.]

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