Where are the small animals in Petsmart?


Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:55 am

Reluctantly, I needed something for my dog at Petsmart that I could not get elsewhere and I needed it quickly.

Happily, I noticed that they are not currently selling most small animals. They did still have hamsters :(

Does anyone know what is going on?

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:00 am

Nope, the small animals are still well and alive over at my PetsMart. Guinea pigs included.


Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:03 am

Dang, I was hoping it was a corporate thing. Must only be in Pittsburgh.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:44 am

We've got loads of small animals, although the birds aren't for sale at the moment, due to some kind of infection. But there are guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, and mice.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:12 am

No. Maybe that store doesn't carry them or isn't carrying them for the moment.


Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:22 am

They had small animals before.

They have a sign in the bottom two rows of the pet area that say "Reserved". I have seen these signs used for the birds too.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:24 am

They have a sign in the bottom two rows of the pet area that say "Reserved". I have seen these signs used for the birds too.
I've seen those signs. That was back when I would walk past the cages. All it means is they're getting ready for more. Damn them.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:34 am

The Petsmart by me still has all kinds of small animals.

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Got Pigs?

Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:22 am

The Petsmart by me still has all sorts of small animals and now even promoting them for Easter. Sigh

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:04 am

Unfortunately they're still here, too. Not as many (seem to have more birds, oddly), but hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils and pigs. All there.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:34 am

That probably just means they've sold out on those particular animals and are getting more.

Honestly, what is wrong with buying from a pet store? I'd rather get them the heck out of there then leave them!

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:38 am

Because if you buy an animal from a pet store then you give the pet store more money to put more animals in poor conditions. Also invariably these animals will be sick, and so it detracts financial resources from animals in shelters and rescue.

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.

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Thanks for the Memories

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:39 am

Our PetCo still has small animals, but will not be selling any over easter weekend, which I found interesting.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:25 pm

Our Petsmart is often low on small animals and fish after a weekend of bustling shoppers. Is is possible you visited on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday? They might have just been out of little critters because of the weekend.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:42 pm

Actually they had animals in the cages, they just had a sign on the cages that said they will be suspending small animal sales for Easter to "discourage the purchase of pets as a holiday gift". Like that will stop people from coming in after Easter to get their "Easter bunny", but I suppose it's a small step in the right direction.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:26 pm

I know Petco and the likes are horrible. Recently while I was waiting for take out dinner I stopped inside just to look, I had never been before and no I didn't buy anything. Anyway the 3 pigs they had all looked fine and had big cages, food, water and even orange slices.

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?


Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:40 pm

Rescues (small animal) usually don't hold adoptions in petstores because why should we help them sell supplies while they still are selling animals that we are rescuing. A while back when those stores sold dogs and cats...there was never any dog or cat rescues in there. Do you think that was a coincidence? It was only after they stopped selling the dogs and cats that shelters and rescues started having adoption centers there.

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.

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Post   » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:47 pm

The PetSmart closest to me is the only one in the country that does not sell any animals. Instead, it provides a permanent site for the Lollypop Farm, an organization that rescues both pets and farm animals, which lost its original home shortly before the store opened.

I think it's a really wonderful idea.

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Post   » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:06 pm

We bought all three of our pigs from Petco and Petsmart. *shrugs*

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!)

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