RAW believes in “adopt OR shop”. RAW believes that there are good and bad players on all sides of the animal industry and no one should be blamed for the bad players on either side. Animal welfare is just that, welfare for ALL animals, regardless of where they reside, home, breeder, shelter, rescue, zoo, circus, barn, etc. Animal welfare is for ALL, no exemptions. Animal welfare is proper care and husbandry that is science based NOT emotional based, i.e. dogs don’t have to live in a home and sleep in a bed for them to be defined as humanely cared for (working dogs etc.). RAW believes that the public has the right to CHOOSE where they obtain their next pet including a shelter, breeder, pet store, etc. RAW will continue to bring about awareness to the public through various posts on our website and social media pages.

History

RAW was launched in January 2016, originally as a frustrated response to combat a potential Pet Store and Dog Breeder Ban in New Jersey by a Senator that is so entrenched in his support of the “adopt don’t shop” mentality that he believes that HIS ideology should be shoved down the throats of every voter in his state. RAW supports real animal welfare AND the public’s freedom of choice when obtaining a pet. Whether a person wants to buy online, direct, from a Pet Store or from a shelter or rescue group, the public has the right to choose, adopt OR shop, it’s your choice.

Who is RAW

RAW is no longer a single person but rather a growing mentality that animal lovers across this country and worldwide have had enough.  Enough of strangling regulations, enough of bans, enough of zoning changes, enough of lobby groups that have no professional experience pushing for laws that only hurt animals and their owners.  No RAW members will be publicly named for the protection of themselves and their families from the harassment, cyber bullying and criminal activity of the radical lunatics that want to end all human/animal bonds. What we will tell you about us is that we have all been in the pet industry for many, many years. RAW members have been and are involved in various animal enterprises involving many different species, dog breeders, exhibiters, pet trainers, pet groomers, boarding kennel owners, pet shop owners, bird breeders, cat breeders, horse breeders and exhibiters, reptile keepers, animal shelter workers, veterinarian technicians, the list goes on and on.

***From time to time some people in the public have come to know RAW members.  We ask that out of respect and safety for our members as well as to allow us to continue our work, if you know the name of a member of RAW, please do not discuss or share this information with anyone!