PETA is totally against pet ownership anyway. They consider dogs and cats slaves to people, and believe all should be set free. Except of course for pit bulls, which they support euthanizing to entirely get rid of the breed. Go figure.
The Petco in our town is clean and well kept, and the animals are well taken care of. I think that as others have said, this is going to vary from one store to another. Let's face it, the pet stores need people to help in the store. I'm sure they'd rather have people who know stuff about animals, but given the choice between employees who don't know beans and no employees at all, they'll go with the former and hope they learn from experience. There's idiots in any field of work.
Petco (and petsmart) don't sell dogs and cats, only fish, rodents and some reptiles and amphibians. Of course this doesn't mean that those animals deserve a lesser amount of care, but be aware that it's much harder to find people who know and are well learned on herps, amphbians, rodents and fish than it is to find people who've owned cats and dogs. I know tons about dogs, cats, even snakes and fish. But I don't know a lot about rodents or amphibians. I think that in most cases, these stores try to get the best employees they can, and put the employees with animals they know bet.
I am an animal-lover and I have to say that I pride myself on not being ignorant towards the treatment of animals for my own human indulgence. I have to point out that just because your local PETCO LOOKS clean and sanitary does not mean that you have seen every other store and witnessed what goes on beyond the "Employees Only" door. If you are concerned that much, as I am, about the treatment of these animals, do your research. If there have been enough complaints about the store conditions to the point where there is a forum topic about it, then it makes you wonder. I don't like to wonder if I am funding a company that may neglect its living merchandise for its own profits. There are many giving and selfless alternatives and options such as shelters, rescues, and nonprofit organizations that carry healthy pets and pet products. It is not even worth the risk to contribute to a company that doesn't have a clean record and has a history of accusations, is it??
in addition to my previous post, I read through other posts. I regret to add that employees do are hired without proper knowledge or training of the treatment of the animals. Even though many animals are improperly bred and shipped to increase profit, does that make it okay to shop at these pet stores when they are in partnership with a company who supplies them animals who are treated cruelty and unhealthy?? PETCO recently severed ties with their supply company, NAPD (North American Pet Distributor) when investigators where allowed to inspect what was hidden from the public and found horrendous and filthy conditions which animals were living and dying in. Any compassionate person would refuse to turn their head and not comtemplate if this were right or wrong.
If anyone is concerned with or disturbed by these claims and wants more free information, feel free to drop me and email at Mo0nstruck8420@aol.com. and find ways to get involved and help improve the treatment these particular of animals!
Response to Minniyar, I am very in tune and involved with the organization of PETA and they are not against pet ownership and they are not out to rid the pit bull breed. I am kinda upset to hear that you would create and public post like that without knowing the facts and putting a negative spin on a non-profit organization that literally means "Peaple for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" Anyone that were to do slight research and visit PETAs website would be impacted emotionally by at least one topic, of not several, that PETA invests its time in improving. Please do not bad name something you don't really have much knowledge about. There is nothing negative about compassion.
They do not believe that Pit bulls have a chance as good pets and a blanket no breeding law that outlawed breeding ALL pit bulls leads to the extinction of the breed, doesn't it? They claim to want to protect the breed by outlawing breeding of the dog (and only this breed)> If that isn't singling out a breed for extinction what is?
I used to work at the PETA headquarters. I admit that I didn't work there for a very long time because they were a bit too extreme for my tastes, but I can say with all certainty that PETA is NOT against responsible pet ownership. In fact, with permission from HR, employees are allowed to bring their dogs into work with them ... there are companion animals running all over the building, and they give you paid time off in the event of a pet death or illness. Now, the pit bull thing I've never heard anything about, so I can't say anything one way or another on that. However, I did want to clear up the pet ownership thing ... granted, PETA does have very clear-cut ideas on how you should treat/train/raise your pets, but they aren't against animal ownership. *goes back to lurking* :-)
Edit: I guess that should read DOMESTICATED animal ownership ... "wild" animals like hermit crabs are a whole 'nother story. :-)
***Edited By: jamiebee on 2/7/2005 7:26:14 PM*** Reason: add
Mo0nstruck8420, You just got pwned..... Peta are a bunch of fruitloops. Sorry but they are. Next your going to tell me that groups like Elf are misunderstood little rascals. PETA would like to see us all wearing hemp, eating pure vegan, and letting animals roam free amoungst us all and will militantly support these ideals. Mo0nstruck8420 you are the one that needs to do a little research before putting on the blinders and being a sheeple with the rest of the peta people. Just because you love animals doesn't mean you need to support a fanatical group of loons.
Our Petco and Petsmart have always been very clean. Our Petsmart has adoptions on Saturdays and I have never seen any of the cages dirty or anything. I prefer Petmart because I think like someone said earlier their prices are alittle bit cheaper.
The last time I attended one of the PetCo stores in Boise. I was walking by the grooming center. The dogs were in nooses. And one of the dogs was snapping at the lady grooming it. So the lady slugged the dog in the face over and over again. I no longer shop at Petco.
The Petco that is near me is very dirty. The ferrets look all sick like, tired and there are lots of flies around their cage. same with the birds and hamsters...I prefer Petsmart, it is cleaner, at least in my area.
Another ancient post from last year revived, but most of the comments are current, , so I'll ad my two cents worth as well.
The Petco near me me is immaculate. There are pets in the store for sale, , but not dogs or cats. One of the local humane societies comes on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday and dogs and cats are put up for aoption. It just so happens that this is how Igot my pup. Ditto for Petsmart, exept I dindn't get a pup there :-)
Now there is a Pet Supermarket in the same area and the last time I walked in there, I just amout got knocked over from the smell, and the only animals in the store were some hamstersor ginea pigs in the front of the store.
As for seeing someone hit a dog n the nose while trying to grom him or her, I would have reported it to, not only the manager , but I also would have written to the main office or headquarters, wherever it ws located. I believe it was stated that the person no longer woks there, so I don't think I would hold an entire store respnsible for one person's actions. Now if they had let her continue working there,I know that I never would have gone back.
My PetCo is very clean and yes they do sell cats almost never kittens no fecel matter in the 2-story cat cages fairly roomy to cats to a 2-story cage that way one cat can be on one floor and the other on the second floor otherwise they would lay on one story together.They cat cages come with a little story about the cat/cats and so on. No dead fish ever.Reptiles,small animals(including feeder rats) have access to food and water. As well as birds...and parrots are fairly clean. But i do not object to the idea of going behind the sceens though the "Employees Only" room.
i always go to petco they are very clean but this other pet store where i bought my daughters rabbit are crule to the animals. the hamsters and gerbils cages need to be clean the smell was so bad in the back where they have the animals i had to leave and nats where flying around the cages. they have closed the store once before. and a couple of people i know bought dogs there and they died. my daughter also bought a couple of hamsters there they only lived a year . my freinds dog lived 6 monthes he was 8 months old so petco is the best place to go