edit: not applying this to when it is an animal cruelty seizure and therefore a rescue effort, rather than keeping the cycle going.
And I imagine it sends a poor or mixed message when rescue or animal lovers are patronizing places that abuse animals.
- Supporter in '08
My question is that they had this whole big section of "cat apartments" little compartments with big full grown cats in them, very nice conditions. Anyway these cats were available for adoption through the SPCA and even had a little story posted about where they were found. Parking lots, a graveyard even, and all really local places.
So my point is and correct me if I am wrong, that when regular people who don't know about the dangers of supporting places like this come into the store they see a stray cat who needs a home and adopts from there instead of a kitten from elsewhere. Wouldn't it be nice if pet stores had animals like guinea pigs that were from shelters too, adoptable animals not piggies for sale, like the cats I saw? I am thinking if more pet stores worked closely with other shelters?
That is why the rescue that I run will not hold adoption events in petstores like petsmart and petco. When they stop selling the animals that I rescue, I will gladly hold adoptions there and support them with supply sales. Plus the stuff they sell is usually not that great for small animals anyway (cages, hay, treats, etc) so how can I recommend the supplies they sell. I will just sell them myself and put that money back into the rescue to help more animals that they sell and put in bad situations because they don't screen anybody or give them the right information.
The petco foundation (seperate from Petco) claims that if you (as a rescue) keep your animals at the store all the time and have them available for adoption all the time, they will stop selling those particular animals in whatever store you have the animals.
So another reason is that I won't keep my piggies housed in little aquariums and promote bad care. If they let me house my piggies in C&C cages and leave my information on my rescue there I would gladly do that, but they don't care enough to do that. Plus then I would have to rely on the petstore to give out the right information and care for my animals over night. That is something I am not willing to do. They sell small animals to the impulse buyers and then give bad information on top of that.
This goes for all "big chain" petstores. I can't say the same for the small ones because they seem to care a little more, but not enough. I have tried the above things and yes they don't work, Corporate will not let us do it although some managers had no problems with it.
P.S. You cannot rescue from a petstore, they will just bring in another batch of pigs to take the place of the ones you took. If you read the link from cavyspirit I think you will understand. I did not know about that until I took some from a petstore and reallzed that and it does make sense.
I think it's a really wonderful idea.
Does that make us bad people?
I didn't know anything about pigs when we first got one. Well aside from a little bit of research and word of mouth from others my husband worked with at the time.
I had no idea shelters had pigs until I joined another pig site (that I refuse to goto now, not a nice group of people!)