How to Help Pet Stores Sell Healthier Animals

A few weeks ago, a close friend and I were talking about people ‘rescuing’ neglected animals from pet stores. I told him that I don’t do this nor do I support this practice. His expression told me that I needed to explain my reasons. This is a resulting of our conversation that day and I hope this influences any other peoples’ opinions of rescuing neglected pet store animals.

I related the following- At our online business, we sell many animals. I get a LOT of Emails. Some are inquiries about purchasing animals, some are questions on caring for animals, some are Emails showing off animals purchased some time before. These are always fun Emails to answer. A few however are more difficult to answer but I feel the issue presented must be covered. The E-mail goes one thing like this- “I stopped in at ‘insert your neighborhood pet store name here’ and discovered ‘insert reptile name here’. The animal was going to die and I couldn’t leave it there so I purchased it! How do I care for this animal now?” I always respond with suggestions on care for the animal but follow up with this statement- “Please do not purchase weak/sick/dying animals from this store again!”

We are fortunate in this area (Milwaukee) to have several great pet stores that really know what they are doing. But, we have some that do not know how to care for reptiles. When customers purchase sick animals from stores, that indicates to the owners that they should restock those animals! When buying a sick/dying animal, you are not only jeopardizing your own animals (passing on the sickness) but also encouraging the store to bring in more! Do not purchase these animals. I do not however support boycotts or on-line protests against these …

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