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Sunday, 29 May 2011 03:00

Happiness is NOT Pets Protest

CAPS would like to thank all the individuals who showed up at yesterday's Happiness is Pets protest in Lombard, IL. According to Ida McCarthy, CAPS Chicago Campaign Coordinator, not a single dog was sold. Join her Chicago group on Facebook to keep up with the latest protests and events.

Thank you Ida McCarthy for all the work you do for the animals!

To read Ida McCarthy's blog, click here.

For more information about CAPS' investigations on Happiness is Pets, click here.

Steve Kruse investigation
Published in Happiness is Pets
Thursday, 27 October 2011 03:00

Leading protests for the love of the dogs

If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, check out the Happiness is NOT Pets Facebook event page for details.

Publication/Event date: 2011-10-24
Publication name: My Suburban Life
URL for more info: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/wooddale/features/x1872802944/Leading-protests-for-the-love-of-the-dogs
Two Saturdays each month, rain or shine, Ida McCarthy can be found with a group of people protesting outside a Lombard pet store.
They’re upset, she said, because the store, and eight others throughout DuPage County, sell puppies that were bred under inhumane conditions in puppy mills.
More than three years ago, McCarthy joined a group called the Companion Animal Protection Society, which campaigns for humane protection of companion animals in pet stores and puppy mills.
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Published in Happiness is Pets
If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, please contact us for details.
Publication/Event date: 2011-10-30
Publication name: Blog with me/ Ida McCarthy
URL for more info: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2579881/happiness-is-pets-can-i-see-your-breeders
Happiness is pets in Chicago should be held libel for fraud. They have a fancy new website with a section called "Happiness is pets and puppy mills." Take a look at the site and see the cages, they are like aquariums.
They put the puppies in the aquariums with the plastic or wire bottoms so their little paws fall through all day and night. Nobody there to oversee them at night. What if they have to go out in the middle of the night? They just sit in their poop. And what about during the day? Has anyone EVER drove by a puppy store and seen puppies outside? Nope, they are stuck in the cages. I wonder if they find dead dogs in the morning after leaving them alone all night in the store. Sometimes puppies have seizures and all other kinds of things....they're puppies. They should be watched all day and night while they are in their puppy years. NO REPUTABLE BREEDER would even think of doing this to their puppies.
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Published in Happiness is Pets
If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, please contact us for details.



Publication/Event date: 2011-11-21


Publication name: Examiner.com


URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/animal-advocacy-in-chicago/caps-warns-buyer-beware-when-purchasing-a-puppy-from-a-pet-store


Summary: The picture of a cute puppy in the window of a pet store waiting to be sold to a happy family is an endearing one. That is the picture projected in a 1950’ television production of Patti Page singing her hit record “How much is that doggie in the window?"


Today, Ms. Page sings a different tune. She now sings “Do you see that Doggie in the shelter?” Page claims she changed her mind about pet store puppies when she learned of “pet stores having mass breeding places and thought how terrible that was.”


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Published in Happiness is Pets
Friday, 09 December 2011 02:00

Happiness is NOT Pets Protests

Kristen Kaminski protest dates for the month of December:
December 11, 2011 Sunday
From 1-3 in front of Happiness is NOT Pets
15647 S 94th Ave Orland Park, IL 60462

December 18, 2011 Sunday
From 1-3 in front of Happiness is NOT Pets
15647 S 94th Ave Orland Park, IL 60462

Ida McCarthy's protest dates:

Saturday December 17, 2011
From 3-5 in front of Happiness is NOT Pets with the Tiger Truck
616 E. Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL
Check out the Tiger truck

Facebook Event Page

Related article:

Examiner.com: Puppies in the Window-Pet store protests slated for this weekend Dec. 10 – 11
Published in Happiness is Pets
Publication/Event date: 2011-12-15
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-chicago/puppies-the-window-pet-store-protests-slated-this-weekend-dec-17-18
Volunteers from CAPS (Companion Animal Protection Society) will be protesting in front of Happiness is Pets at 616 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard from 3 to 5 p.m. The Tiger Truck from Shark Online will be on hand to show videos from the undercover humane investigation of puppy mills.
Facebook event page
Published in Happiness is Pets
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 02:00

Happiness is NOT Pets December Protest


Illinois residents braved the cold last Saturday, December 17 to protest against the Lombard location of Happiness is Pets, a Chicago area pet shop chain of five stores that gets its animals from puppy mills. The demonstration featured the Tiger Truck from Shark, a vehicle with four screens that plays repeating videos with shocking images of animal abuse. The Tiger showed footage from CAPS investigations from 3 pm to 5 pm. It was an opportunity for Chicagoans to learn the truth about puppies sold in pet shops and the cruelty behind puppy mills. CAPS also holds protests at Happiness is Pets stores in Arlington Heights and Orland Park.


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Published in Happiness is Pets
Thursday, 19 January 2012 02:00

Happiness is Pets - NOT

Publication/Event date: 2012-01-15
Publication name:
Cindy Lu's Muse
URL for more info:


Happiness Is Pets is the name of a pet store chain in the Chicagoland area. The stores sell puppies. As far as I'm concerned, Happiness is Pets can be clumped into the same disrespectful group of pet businesses as Petland. And chances are, you have a store like this one not far from where you live. You don't have to feel helpless about it, though.

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Published in Happiness is Pets
Saturday, 21 January 2012 02:00

Sold puppies infected with distemper

Update: CAPS was recently notified about yet another sick puppy purchased at the Happiness is Pets Lombard store. We' will add more information as soon as we get the details.

Protests this weekend: • Happiness is Pets in Naperville 1592 W. Ogden Avenue SATURDAY, January 28 at 2:00 pm and • Happiness is Pets in Orland Park 15647 S. 94th Avenue SUNDAY, January 29 at 1:00 pm

Publication/Event date: 2012-01-19
Publication name: Abc 7 News
URL for more info: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8511804
Two Chicago area pet stores recently sold puppies infected with distemper.

The dogs were bought from the Happiness is Pets shops in Naperville and Downers Grove.

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Related articles:

Naperville Sun: Dog distemper traced to local pet shop chain

Downers Grove Patch: Puppies Infected with Distemper Sold at DG Store
Published in Happiness is Pets
Publication/Event date: 2012-01-26

Publication name: Examiner.com

URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-chicago/pet-friendly-events-for-this-weekend-jan-28-29

Summary: Protests for the Puppies – The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) will hold an informational protest in front of Happiness is Pets at 15647 S 94th Ave, Orland Park between 1 and 3 p.m. Signs will be provided.

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Happiness is NOT Pets Facebook Event Page

Happiness is Pets Naperville Protest Facebook Event Page

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Published in Happiness is Pets
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