I recently ordered something from REI online and had it delivered to the Lincoln Park store for me to pick up. When I was notified that it had arrived, I decided to stop by the store on one of my walks with Gatsby to retrieve my purchase. When I arrived at the store, I was very surprised and disappointed to read "Service Animals Only" in large bold letters on the doors. When I asked the cashier if they really do not let dogs in the store, she replied, "That's right. Is that bad?"
Seriously? REI sells dog coats, treats, toys, boots and other dog essentials so why can't I bring my dog into the store? Stores like Best Buy, Neiman Marcus and Office Depot gladly welcome owners to shop with their dogs, so why can't a store that specializes in outdoor activities and sells pet merchandise do the same?
I have decided to ask for help from other dog owners to convince the CEO of REI, Sally Jewell, that REI must change its policy. Please help me send a message to Sally by "signing" the electronic petition below.
Growing up in the country in Pennsylvania gave me tons of experience with animals from a very early age. I later pursued a career in horseback riding and also have experience as a veterinary technician. I have a strong passion for animals and have an uncanny ability to connect with all sorts of furry friends.