To endorse this concept, Kantzabedian protests puppy mills and does not charge for adoption — despite the approximate $870 it costs her to rescue each dog and cat.
“And that’s only if they don’t have health problems,” she said.
Animal Crackers places about 250 dogs and 80 cats a year, all of which have received veterinary shots and been spayed, neutered and microchipped.
Kantzabedian even sends each pet home with its own unique care package.
“About 90% of my adoptive parents are from Laguna,” she said. “If these people bought their pet supplies from my store, it would be enough to keep my doors open and the rescue efforts going.”