Hi! I’m new 😀 I was wondering where the best place to buy animals would be? I know there’s a lot of talk about not buying them from pet stores, but why is that? And what about breeders? Are animal shelters the best bet?
You can find many animals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, rats, birds, etc. from local shelters or rescue groups. You can also check out Craigslist if you are looking for an animal you cannot find anywhere else. Try Petfinder.com.
Even if there is not an overpopulation of an animal, they may be mistreated by the store and/or the supplier. Most pet stores get their animals from breeders/mills with unsavory ways of caring for their animals. The animal might be sick with mites, fleas, upper resp. infection, etc., and you won’t even know it until the animal comes home.
No, I’ve witnessed animals myself that were sick or otherwise mistreated. Some were losing their hair, while others had obvious symptoms of upper respiratory infection. I’ve also seen a hermit crab molting that was not separated from the other hermit crabs. The reason to separate them is that the other hermit crabs will see it as vulnerable and attack it. You can read about this molting thing on any hermit crab care site on the Internet.
A lot of animals also do not receive correct care, especially reptiles, hermit crabs, fish, etc. I’ve seen dead animals, such as fish and hermit crabs, left in the tanks. I’ve also seen a tank of guinea pigs that was caked with feces/urine at my local Petsmart.
I always at least contact the pet store if I witness this. I’ve also had to contact the local Humane Society, which at one time made a pet store take their animals to the vet and not sell them.
So yes, even inside the pet stores, cruelty and neglect occur.
animal shelters are best in my opinion because your helping the animal you should not get animals from a pet store because they ussually come from puppy mills which ussually dont have good conditions for their animals and the mothers of the puppys are probably abused and or neglected and all your doing by geting dogs fromm a pet store is supporting puppy mills………….idk if you even wanted a dog thats just what i know aboiut
By purchasing the animals from bad breeders and pet stores to get them out of there, we increase the supply and demand for the sick animals, which means that more sick animals will be sold. Of course, we must act if we see animals that are not be treated well. We need to contact local animal control authorities, send letters/calls/emails to the people selling the animals, petition them, protest them, create sites/blogs to raise awareness, etc.
Animal shelters are great, and you can easily find an animal that is trained and that is compatible with your current animals. The staff at the shelter will usually know a lot about the animal they are trying to adopt out, too. There are also all kinds of animals in need of homes, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, ratties, and more.
Before we start buying from breeders or pet stores, no matter how healthy the animals are, we need to find homes for the major surplus of animals already in shelters. Pet stores also always sell animals from very questionable and usually cruel suppliers. They are often sold sick. I’ve witnessed many animals myself that were sick and not given vet care. Sometimes, pet stores also mix sexes, and the pets breed, which can lead to terrible pregnancy complications for species such as guinea pigs.
Some species are also often not given the correct care, such as hermit crabs, fish, guinea pigs, and even puppies and kittens. I’ve seen this too many times myself.
There are also less-than-savory breeders that do not care how they breed their animals and/or sell sick animals. A guinea pig my mother bought had bumblefoot, and he didn’t even live long to be taken to the vet, which means he probably also had an upper respiratory infection :(.