Runs against my GOP grain to support this intrusion into private enterprise, but I almost like this idea.
i don't like this government intrusion. I'm not even sure this can be real and legal. And yes, I'm speaking with my Liberal heart. Government should protect, help & assist, and mediate disputes among the citizens according to their Constitutional rights, guarding those rights against usurpation even from the government itself, but not dictate individual choices to this degree for what appears here to be ideological reasons.
The better solution would be to require pet stores to carry a few rescue animals, along with their others, and price them accordingly. And to help promote sales directly from the shelters themselves. Perhaps by covering the cost of taking the animal.
Many shelter animals are said to be "free" but in fact you may be billed for all the shots that were given, medical care, any neutering, and miscellaneous overhead costs. If the city bore those expenses and made the shelter animals truly free of charge then maybe more would be adopted.