If they don’t sell animals, then they aren’t nearly as bad as pet stores that do and can be supported. However, most sell products that aren’t ideal for animals, for example low-quality food and tiny cages that animals shouldn’t be housed in.
These animals aren’t there because they don’t have a home, they’re there because they are bred for that purpose. Just as there are puppy mills, there are enormous bird factories and massive animal “suppliers,” where breeders warehouse thousands of “breeding stock,” whose babies are taken away and sold.
@peacelovepie>>> If an animal isn’t adoptable at a shelter maybe it’s a sign that that animal shouldn’t be a pet? Most shelters tend to have a variety of adoptable animals though, including small critters. They usually get an abundance of bunnies as they breed often and are then set free be owners who can’t take care of them.
Let your mom know about the cruelty of PetSmart, and ask her not to buy anything from there until it stops selling all animals. You can buy your supplies online or at a store that does not sell animals.
PetSmart might help some dogs and cats, but they continue to abuse hundreds of thousands of small animals—including hamsters, domestic rats, lizards, chinchillas, and birds—who are deprived of adequate veterinary care and are slowly dying, hidden away in PetSmart’s back rooms, out of customers’ sight. You can take action here: http://www.peta2.com/achievements/418/home.
I’m kind of conflicted when it comes to my local PetSmart. They do sell small critters, birds, and fish (no reptiles or amphibians) but they are also teamed up with shelters and have adoption days for cats. They’re also partnered with a local animal rescue, and have certain days during the month where the rescue brings in adoptable dogs to the store in hopes that customers may be interested. I adopted my dog from the rescue and PetSmart donates a certain amount of money to the rescue each time a dog gets adopted from them. The rescue is entirely run by volunteers too so the money goes towards vaccinations and microchipping and whatnot.
Avoid pet stores that sell animals because they get them from breeders. It doesn’t make sense to buy breeded animals when MILLIONS of healthy and friendly dogs and cats are being killed in shelters every year.
Well, pet stores are necessary if there are pets around; grocery stores don’t sell much in the way of pet supplies beyond cat and dog food, and litter. It is much preferable if there are no animals, or they have adoptable animals with all the shelter requirements for proper adopters.