A big change is happening at pet stores inside many major shopping malls across the valley — and it’s giving thousands of animals in our state — a second chance at life.
One of the biggest shopping mall owners in the country and here in Arizona will no longer be allowing the sale of animals in their malls. When the leases come up for the pet stores, they are replacing them with pet adoption centers.
At first glance, Petopia in Desert Sky Mall looks like any other pet store you’d see in just about every mall in Arizona.
But the cute puppies and curious kittens here are all Humane Society rescues, and they can be yours for an adoption fee.
“Someone can come to the Humane Society stores, and the most they’re going to pay for a puppy is $160 and that includes the spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, a follow up vet exam,” says Bretta Nelson, Arizona Humane Society.