- Mr Demus 625
- Supporter in 2012
First let me preface this by stating we do not patronize the stores unless it's a dire emergency. Second this will not even be a thought until we can pin point what is going on with our herd. Third we have no intentions on getting more babies.
The pigs ran out of hay so I had to stop in and grab two bags of Oxbow. Ashley one of the girls that works there and helped us through some serious issues with Nicodemus when we first got him approached me about a boar they have. He's in isolation in the back and has been since January. He has a bad eye that has been treated topically and will most likely never fix itself. Thus he can't be sold so she's looking for a home for him as PetsMart won't approve any extensive testing to see what is going on with his eye. The store has already put in about $600 into him and she's afraid they will stop paying for his care. Now my question is and I need honest opinions. I'm not looking for a beet down as I'm well aware of purchase vs. adoption now. I know it doesn't help anything and in the end a poor piggy will just replace him.
My question is once we figure out what is going on with our babies and it's nothing contagious do we adopt him knowing we can give him much better care? I trust this girl as she's very honest about what they sell and how the company works and to give an example of how she is, when we got back from DisneyWorld in 2009 and the sitter we'd left the pigs with ended up being a horrible idea and they kept the babies with their ferrets and Nicodemus was matted from head to toe and covered in ferret feces and urine. It was 6:50 on a Sunday and PetsMart was about to close but we ran in to get some shampoo to get on Nicodemus before getting him to the vet. Upon seeing him Ashley took him in the back and bathed him, even though they aren't supposed to for liability reasons and stood with us for over an hour brushing and coming the mats out and making sure he stayed dry so he wouldn't get a cold. She didn't even charge us for the brush she pulled off the shelf. So I know she is doing her best by what she can for this isolated guy.
I too hate the thought of buying animals from pet stores. A few months back I came across a baby zebra finch with what I thought was a splay leg. They ended up giving him to me as he couldn't be sold how he was.
It was a horribly broken leg with the bone protruding I later learned. My vet only charged me $50 for his amputation surgery and now Happy my finch is doing great. I consider him my little rescue birdy as there is no telling what would have happened to him if I left him in the pet store and they couldn't have sold him.
A petsmart around here had a little Chinese hammie that had a mass on her eye. My vet did surgery and then told me about her. When my friend and I went to go pick Blinkin up, the receipt said "Damaged goods." She was $0.01. The associate pulled a penny off the counter jar.
Demus, if there is no money exchanged, I'd say take him. While I like the idea of the store losing money on animals as a discouraging factor in selling them, I think they will likely let him die of neglect or euthanisia rather than put any more into him. Frankly, I'm shocked they gave him $600 in care. I'm sure he was replaced on the floor long ago.
I hope this is something "fixable" for the little fella. Good luck.
- Supporter in '15
Money to pet stores goes to the breeders who need to be stopped and encourages breeding and likely neglectful treatment of pigs. Its not about the money coming out of your pocket, its about WHERE that money is going. Big difference.