Thanks for your interest in Kitsap County requirements for retail sales of puppies and kittens.
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners deliberated on July 22, 2019 and approved an ordinance. This ordinance is effective July 22, 2020 due to the addition of a grace period for pet store compliance.
This ordinance was developed to prevent pet shops in unincorporated Kitsap County from selling kittens and puppies obtained from large-scale breeding operations sometimes referred to as "puppy mills" and "kitten factories." Often these wholesale breeding establishments include overcrowded cages, over breeding, absence of adequate sanitation, lack of vet treatment for serious health issues, lack of socialization, and other neglectful conditions. This has led over 290 local jurisdictions (including the cities of Bremerton, Poulsbo, Gig Harbor and Bainbridge Island) and two states to adopt ordinances limiting pet store sales.
Board of Commissioners seeks to achieve the following goals in the review of
welfare and health of puppies and kittens
Improve access to
important pet information for consumers wishing to purchase puppies and
loopholes allowing the retail sales of puppies and kittens likely bred in
Support best practices
and community awareness in the purchasing and breeding of dogs and cats
Kitsap County interviewed many different stakeholders in 2018 to inform policy development. A series of interviews were held with those representing varied interests including:
Animal ControlLicensed hobbyist breedersAnimal welfare advocatesLicensed commercial pet storeLocal government staff knowledgeable about best practices
Based on this important feedback, best practices, and review, an ordinance was developed with the following features.
Allows retail sales of puppies or kittens at commercial
pet facilities only when obtained from a certified animal welfare
Continues to allow retail sales of puppies and kittens
bred and sold on-site at small-scale hobbyist breeders facilities
Adds enforcement clarity and consistency
Requires additional records (e.g. health) for sales of
puppies and kitten at hobbyist breeders, animal welfare organizations, and
commercial pet facilities
Bans sales of puppies and kittens younger than 8-weeks
Delays the ordinance effective date to give pet stores
time to adjust
Improves policy clarity and consistency
Kitsap County provided the opportunity for interviewed stakeholders to comment on the proposed draft. The county held a public hearing on April 22, 2019 to hear public testimony on the proposed revisions. The commissioners extended the written public comment period and received 154 different comment submittals. Click here to view a summary table of public comments and click here to view comment attachments.
We welcome your input!