They haven't sold rabbits or ferrets in years *hooray!*
They've also stopped selling hamsters which is really shocking to me.
Still have rats, gerbils, and birds though =-/ I do my best not to walk by that section of the store.
Also I guess there was an announcement on the dwarf puffer forum that they will stop selling fish in the next year, but I'll believe that when I see it.
Yes, I TOTALLY understand why adopting from a shelter is a better idea.
The thing is, there are people who ARE going to breed regardless - they don't care. It's hard to change that.
There are pet stores that WILL buy these babies and sell them.
Education is obviously the way to go, both for breeders and pet stores, and for people buying also. That is a long hard road, educating all those people and getting them to see 'right'.
On the flip side, knowing that there ARE people breeding - either they don't know better, they want to make a couple dollars, whatever their reasons - the poor creatures that end up in the pet store - they should be the focus, I think. They were already born, innocent as they are, they are the ones suffering. They need homes too, hopefully not just sitting there in the store waiting to be bought as a feeder for someone's snake, (though I guess snakes have to eat SOMETHING, but ugh) or sitting in the store getting sick(er) and getting less than optimal care and possibly dying there miserably.
I don't know. Education COULD go a long way. But people sometimes don't listen. Some won't ever listen. I just hate to see the animals suffer for it :(
Don't buy pigs from a pet store. Ever. You are the fist step in the process that starts the breeder getting her sow pregnant.
SOme of my rescues came from a breeder who neglected her pigs horribly. They had skin that looked like raw meat. This breeder had some seirous mental health issues and was taken into custody. Clearly not the typical breeder. The rest of my rescues came from a breeder who seemed quite responsible on the surface. The baby pigs in the petstore were unusal colors, healthy looking, and cute. The problem arose when someone went to her house to buy a baby directly from her. The pigs who were making the babies were left un treatd for mites, URI, tooth issues (she was breeding roans), ect. Plus, they were living in wire cages with urine from the pigs above dripping on them. She thought this was all OK since they weren't pets and could make babies faster as non-pets!
Anyways, just don't do it. The pigs in the store right this second are suffering, but by buying them you're condeming the breeding stock to more suffering and all their future babies to the same.
I had a coworker say to me (regarding pet stores): "Well, you can't save 'em all." My response was that I can do my part by educating those that will listen, and refusing to give any of my money to the pet stores.
It's hard to not to want to save every animal in a pet store. You just have to remember that for every single pet store animal purchased there has been so much collateral damage. It makes a difference for that *one* animal but leads to suffering in many more (shelter animal that doesn't have home, momma pig bred to produce replacement, and the next pig in line). It isn't worth it.
It's nice that there are no animals for sale and that a major pet store chain is offering (and emphasizing) adoption. I assume that most people aren't even aware that small animals can be adopted, so it's good that this particular store is using its influence in a positive way. Unfortunately, I assume that the money they make on supplies goes right back to the corporation.
- Contributor in 2018
Public awareness can do a lot of good! Even if you choose not to patronize a pet store, many will let you post pictures of shelter animals and flyers from rescues (not allowing you to makes them look bad). There are still a lot of people that don't know shelters have any animals besides dogs and cats. And quite a few that have never even heard of a guinea pig rescue. Since most people that want a small pet go to the pet store to get one, that is one of the best places to educate them. A few months ago I put up a flyer about a sizable dump, and the pet store employees are still talking about it. Anyway, it can't hurt!