Many years ago I bought two hamsters from Petsmart and learned the hard way that they're generally not knowledgeable. A few weeks later I found a litter of babies in the cage with my two "males". GRRRR!
Back then I didn't even know you could adopt anything other than cats and dogs from the SPCA. Now I'd never support the sale of critters.
- All for the Hogs
I have tried to tell dog/cat rescues that by holding their events at the Petsmart/Petco they are giving their support to the sale of animals. I have never heard a proper response to "Would you hold your events at a pet store that sold dogs or cats? Why are small animals different?" I always hear the excuse that Petsmart Charities gives them money or Petco allows them to do holiday pet photos that they make money at. Funny, I hear Lucifer has a similar deal.
But to be honest with you I don't really see it as bas as everyone makes it seem. If you think that all the small animals at these stores are sick, then you are agreeing that they might need your help more than the ones that are healthy. I am a new piggy mom and I am also looking for a friend for my girl and I've been looking around for adoption and a lot of the shelters are actually selling these animals because the cost of adoption is higher than the cost of buying them at your local petstore and why wouldn't you buy the supplies at a petstore, from whoever you get them they won't be free and you will still have to pay some type of money. I see these stores just as every other business that is making money, and also as the sites that sale items for piggies they are trying to make money its normal. I actually buy all my supplies from a Petco and they have piggies for adoption, at no cost, and bought my girl at that same store and she is a healthy piggy. =)
A shelter is under funded, and uses the bare amount of funds they receive to try and take care of the overwhelming amount of animals they get, but still has to put healthy animals to sleep because there are so many.
A petstore uses their overwhelming profits to purchase more animals from mills and backyard breeders to sell them generally regardless of condition. If the animals are really sick, a lot of times they will be put to sleep so the petstore just buys more.
A petstore will charge around $32 for a guinea pig.
Shelters charge as low as $3 and as much as $25 in my experience. The $3 guinea pigs are sometimes bought by people who go through the screening process and then use them for dog fighting or lab experiments.
That's why shelters have to charge more. It doesn't begin to touch how much it costs to run the shelter.
(that's a very simplistic interpretation, there are many other answers)
The pet stores profit. They rarely seek medical care when they can order more animals from their pet mill for much less. Care is mininal. You're letting them profit from selling sick animals so they won't have to change.
They are there to make money off (sick) live animals and pet mills. Why don't you look those up and backyard breeders.
That's what you're supporting. Taking pigs from pet stores even if you don't pay anything is enabling them.
Helping the animals stuck in pet stores is more than just plopping down money unless you are going to buy the next three that replace your pig or all the ones in the pet mill.
By shopping at a store that doesn't sell animals, you can get a higher quality product, and you don't put money in the pockets of people responsible for neglecting animals.
- one pig at a time.
It takes planning, and a conscious effort, but for those of us who understand and see the total picture, we are the ones who in the longrun are making a difference. You can not be "pro-rescue" and yet purchase things or animals from a petstore. The two just do not go hand in hand. I personally don't EVER walk into a petstore. I don't support them, or their cruelity, and I don't give them my money.
I ask you to take the time and watch this video through the very end. Please don't turn it off, just watch and listen. Without our help...who can really make a difference, and who can these animals rely on???
"You can not change what you do not know, but once you have the knowledge, ignorance is no longer an excuse".----Marsha Weaver
- We miss our sweet Oreo
They have a new policy. They will no longer sell male bunnies that haven't been neutered...a step in the right direction. Allison asked them about guinea pigs and why the same didn't apply. The manager was at a loss for words; she answered by saying they're just going to do the larger animals for the moment. Most of their piggies are sold pretty young anyhow.
If only they would require the breeders to neuter, too.
Most of the rabbits don't survive the vet tech's playing surgery on them at 6-8 weeks old.
Still selling rabbits is bad.
When you adopt an animal from a shelter, the adoption fee money goes toward helping other animals in need. As GuineaPinny said before, shelters are nonprofit organizations. This means that it's often extraordinarily difficult for them to find enough money to provide for the needs of animals in their care, much less provide adequate accommodations for the additional animals who are dumped/abandoned every day. So, when you pay to adopt an animal from a shelter, the money you spend is used for something positive; that is, to aid in providing for the animals who need it most. In this way, shelters attempt to mollify the cruelty animals are subjected to by humans, not further the harm that is already being done.
To summarize: when you purchase supplies at an animal-selling pet store, your money furthers deplorable conditions for animals, even if that isn't your intent. It's different from paying an adoption fee at a shelter, because shelters use their funds to make the lives of animals better. Unlike a pet store, a shelter does not seek to exploit animals in order to make a profit. Plus, as several others have noted, it's likely that the supplies you might find at a regular chain pet store are poor quality and not very good for your pets anyway.