09/09/2011 04:45 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST

Another pet store phasing out puppy and kitten sales; will continue adoptions

CALGARY - One of Canada’s oldest pet store chains will no longer sell puppies and kittens.

Petland says sales have been decreasing as more and more people go online to find companion animals.

Another factor was that properly caring for puppies and kittens to ensure they were healthy made it more expensive to buy the animals at the store.

Petland says it will continue its adopt-a-pet program and the pets-for life service that matches homeless animals with loving families.

It will also continue to work with reputable animal welfare organizations across the country.

Petland joins several other pet-store chains, including Petsmart and P.J.'s Pets, in no longer offering animals for sale.