Scamps Closed!
An Animal Rights Article from


In Defense of Animals, Northwest

In Defense of Animals Northwest office is celebrating a fantastic victory—the recent bankruptcy and closure of Scamps Pet Stores, a chain of five pet stores in Oregon and Washington. For nearly a decade, IDA and the community of animal advocates in Portland, Oregon has been educating the public about Scamps scandalous business practices of selling puppy mill puppies. Using information from employee whistle blowers and former Scamps customers, IDA detailed Scamps reputation of selling sick and genetically defective puppy mill puppies, and then lying about it. IDA had an ongoing outreach campaign where advocates would demonstrate outside their stores.

A puppy mil mother and her pups

Multiple news stories over the years have chronicled Scamps unethical practices, like Channel 8, KGW's Ann Yeager who did an investigation late last year into Scamps knowingly selling sick puppies and educated the public to adopt companion animals from shelters and not to buy from Scamps.

All this hard work and outreach has finally paid off and consumers have sent a clear message, similar to a slogan that was printed on an early IDA t-shirt, “Scamps Pet Stores, I'm Not Buying It!”
News of the stores closure is spreading fast and local news outlets KOIN 6 and KGW Channel 8 have both done stories highlighting IDA's victory.

They also reported IDA's Matt Rossell's wrongful arrest last February while peacefully educating shoppers about puppy mills outside the Lloyd Center Mall Scamps Pet Store.

IDA sends out a special thanks to all the advocates and supporters who have contributed to this campaign over the years by sending a donation, holding a sign or spreading the word about puppy mills and Scamps Pet Stores. Collectively, we are one more step closer to making puppy mills a thing of the past.

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