Animals rescued by an internet store in southern Oregon are now set to be sold to a museum.
The store, called Animals of Light, has already sold more than 2,000 rescued animals to a nonprofit, the National Zoo, which plans to hold a auction for the remaining animals.
But the online shop also plans to sell a selection of the animals to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Animal Conservation Fund, a nonprofit that manages the zoo’s animals.
“We are proud to say we are not just a rescue organization, but an animal-related museum,” the store’s owner, Brian Wills, said in a statement.
“Our mission is to preserve animals and bring them back to the wild, which is what we’ve done since 1998.”
Wills and his business partner, Jeff Kallon, started Animals of the Light in 2003.
They started the online store with about $1,000, and now have more than $20,000 in business.
“The Internet has changed everything,” Kallin said in an interview.
“People are really connecting and they can’t get enough of them.”
Animal rescues are common on the internet, and online sellers often sell their animals for as little as $5, and often lower.
But they’re not rare.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 1,200 rescue animals were sold in the U.S. last year.
The nonprofit Center for Animals International said last year that more than 5,000 animals were rescued online in the first six months of this year.
And the nonprofit Humane Society International estimates that there are at least 300,000 captive animals worldwide.
The sale of animals online is not illegal in the United States, but it is illegal to breed animals online, which makes it illegal to buy or sell animals on the Internet without a license.
But there are no restrictions on selling animals in person, which would be illegal if sold at a veterinary clinic.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the museum,” Kalliop said.
“We want to make sure they have a lot of happy animals.”
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