I've noticed on here that many people refuse to buy items from petstores that sell puppies. Although I don't approve of petstores selling puppies I still shop at them.
For those who don't shop at these stores do you still shop at stores that sell mice, rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs???
I point this out because many are fustrated because people still buy items (not animals) from petstores that sell puppies and kittens but don't acknowledge the fact that almost ALL petstores sell some kind of animal. And no matter what the species it still promotes bad breeding.
Many guinea pigs and other small pocket pets come from bad irresponsible breeders or are back bred at the petstore. Many of these pets have health problems as well and are often pregnant when bought. Which leaves the new owner with a litter of babies. So the owner either Gives them to the petstore (a profit for the petstore cause they will just sell the babies) or the owner disposes of them themselves. Like letting them outside to defend for themselves, which in most cases end in the death of the animal cause they (mostly hamsters and guinea pigs) cannot defend for themselves and end up dying.
I understand how many feel about refusing to buy from petstores that sell puppies because of puppymills and bad breeders but what about the "pocket pets" they too come from bad places with many health problems but nothing seems to be said about them.
The only places that sell dogs by me are too expensive to buy other stuff from. I feel bad for the smaller animals at the other stores but it doesn't bother me horribly.
SPeaking of guinea pigs I'm hoping to get one at the fair for my bfs apartment. I hate not having a furry creature there:) So if anyone is abandonening one bring it this way! I like the fair ones though cuz the kids that sell them are so sweet about it.
i dont go into pet shops for anything. my niece works at petsmart and keeps asking me to bring my french bulldogs in there so she can show them to her co-workers. they have never seen one before .they are so rare here. she said they dont sell animals at her store. only supplies.i have been in pet stores before that sell dogs and cats and its too heartbreaking for me to see them in small cages. i got into a heated arguement with the manager the last time i went because they had the animals stuffed in tiny cages and all the food and water dishes were empty. so i just dont even go in them. i get all the supplies i need at the feedstore.
I do not buy from stores that sell cats and dogs. I do by from stores that sell pocket pets.
Yes most pocket pets come from mill like enviorments, but there is also not much in the way of private breeders. I know there are private breeders of them, but not enough for supply and demand.
Double standards, yes.
I even buy from bird stores that sell cockatoo even thou I disagree with it. I can do my best tpo limit myself in some ways, but I also don't cut off my nose to smite my face. After a certain point it comes to commen sense and avaliablity.
I don't spit at cat people who breed cats when there are tons of strays. Just like I don't expect someone to sneer at my for breeding my dogs when there are dogs that need homes.
We all make our own choices, some morally, some rationaly, and some never think sbout it.
I will not buy a thing at a store that sells any animals! I don't want to support people that profit off animals! Thankfully where I live we have wonderful pet suppy stores that support rescue and the SPCA. I rather support them!
I will rarely (less than once a year) buy something at Petsmart or Petco- but I'm disgusted by the sale of ferrets, guinea pigs, exotic reptiles and birds in these stores for many reasons.
The first two require extensive socialization during their early years- and don't get the gentle care they need during this time in their life in a petstore environment. Both are readily found by good breeders across the country- and in rescues.
Exotic reptiles and birds both require extensively knowledged owners- they both have unique needs that aren't common knowledge, and have EXTREMELY long lives when cared for well. There are small specialty breeders of both- and some specialty stores (which I'd be more inclined to support).
If you can post on this bulletin board, you have the best selection of toys and supplies at your fingertips- and the best prices if you're a smart shopper.
I drive an hour out of my way to buy dog food right now- but it's worth it. :)
While I don't care for stores selling birds, gerbals, etc. I do shop at PetSmart because at our store they have dogs and cats for adoption from different organizations like Second Chance and the Humane Society and I feel this is a good idea cause some people don't have the time or transportation to get to our humane society and if these animals weren't brought here to be adopted they may never get adopted. Sometimes you have to weigh everything and decide what is more important to you and I feel getting the cats and dogs adopted is more important. Maybe I am wrong, but that is how I feel.
There are a couple places by me that only buy from local breeders. When I was twelve or so I had a huge hamster,gerbil,mice,guinea pig farm(don't know what else to call it) going and sold all the babies to a store called ben franklins(which apparently other people have but no one elses have pets?). They don't have much else in the way of animal suipplies though. they also take in the animals when people don't want them. They always get the bunnies after easter:(
One of my current kitties was a petsmart adoption. The petsmart in my area has a kitty room that has kitties for adoption and they're all there every day, not just on the weekends. The women that run the adoption program are there pretty much every day and they have numerous enclosures set up by the front door that are a really big mess and always get in the way. Everytime people walk in with their dogs, the adoption dogs start barking and there's a big ruckus. In spite of that, Petsmart hosts this adoption program all week long, every week. I think that's a really great thing.
As for the birds and the little critters, I honestly don't know anything about the background of it. But I can tell you that this store in particular takes good care of those animals too. Somebody is always tending to the cages and they are spotless. The animals look healthy, and they always have food and water.
As for the petshops that sell puppies and kitties, even if they didn't mistreat the animals or buy them from puppy mills, I wouldn't shop there because those stores are SO expensive. All the same stuff costs a lot more in those stores.
i will not buy anything from a petstore that sells puppies and kittens but i will buy from other pet stores that sell pocket pets and small birds. maybe a double standard but i am comfortable with my choice of stores to shop in.
interesting post as I've never given the issue a lot of thought. I shop at a local pet store that allows me to bring Tsion in with me as I think he should get to go pick out his toys. But I don't go often as I also shop ebay, and discount stores. The pet store in my area has no dogs or cats but does have ferrets birds mice ect. I'm curious tho do you guys have the same view on fish b/c Walmart sells fish. Lets don't forget Nemo!
I shop at Petco, they do sell gerbils, rats, mice, ferrets, birds,--no puppies of kittens. BUT, I dont let Baxter WALK in there because it is not unusual to see feces of urine on the floor. --Baxter is a Bichon Frise pup so carrying him is not a problem. As far as puppy pups from a pet store, a heads up, I bought Baxter from what I thought was a breeding kennel. Guess what? He came across the country by truck. :( I've learned something HUGE, "pet store" pups are not always bought in a PET STORE! We love him and he's awesome, but he's been here just over a month and my vet found he has an umbilical hernia--now we found out he's already been operated on for it once! At least the pet store would do something about this, the "kennel" (Briar Brook Kennel in Pittfield NH) is willing to commit to NOTHING!
We only have 2 pet stores in my area, one sells puppies/kittens, one does not. I prefer not to support the ones that sell dogs/cats, though there is one or two items that I can only order through them, so I do go for those items, but pour most of my money in the other one. Also the bigger supply store has cheaper prices.
I buy my dog food at a feed store that sells no animals, and if I'm in dire need of something, I have to shop at petsmart.. there is only one independant store, and it sells dogs, in beyond dirty cages. I'm not for selling small animals in petstores, but I have to choose the lesser evil. Most of the time if I need something I don't want to pay shipping costs if I can drive 7 minutes, or need it soon.
i wont even walk in a pet store that sells cats and dogs...call it double standard...but im ok with my choice too...I cant say im really crazy bout any living thing sold in a store enviroment...but...its what we have to choose from...
There are no stores in my area that sell puppies, but if there were, I wuld have to say no, because I could probably find cheaper toys elsewhere. I bought the pillow type matttress for my pup's crate at Walmart for $30. Petsmart and Peto both wanted $80-$90 for the same type.