Originally Posted by Fritemare
The reason I shop at Petsmart is the fact that they DO NOT sell cats or dogs. The only thing they sell are fish, birds and a few have small/furries. None of them have dogs or cats that are for sale. They only adopt them out from shelters in the area. The rescue groups that go out to Petsmart and Petco make you fill out an application and sign forms that state you will bring the dog back to them if you do not wish to care for it anymore. I'm not sure why you would think that Petsmart is the reason shelters are bursting full of animals when they adopt so many out at their stores.
The problem is not
just cats and dogs
Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and birds are hugely overpopulated. Fish are not because they usually die and nobody gives a sh*t because "oh, they're just fish"
What makes the plight of small furries and birds and fish less important than cats and dogs? Especially when these are the ones most likely to be bought on a whim from a store and given improper care. The number of guinea pigs that don't meet their full life span, die of curable problems, or live out their lives in hutches where they are bored and depressed is utterly heart breaking.
Petsmart holds adoption events to boost their revenue - revenue which is spent on purchasing these smaller animals from atrocious pet mills. Did you know that ferrets in the US have around half the lifespan of those in the UK because of the pet mills you have over there that the likes of Petsmart and Petco buy from?
And Pets at Home is just
as bad. Anywhere that sells life as a commodity, puts profit before welfare of animals, and encourages people to house animals in improper cages and feed them improper food (PaH doesn't even sell good quality hay or guinea pig food for example, and the cages are less than half the recommended size for one guinea pig) are disgusting. A friend of mine has challenged them over and over again about their rat care and they just don't care about the animals at all. She runs a rat rescue and around 90% of her animals come via PaH.
Search for petsmart or petco on youtube and you'll see some of the many videos that have been taken by employees of what goes on behind the scenes. The boxes of dead animals, the ill animals given none or improper treatment. The fact that every animal on display in the shop represents another back in a mill being backbred over and over until they die of exhaustion.
These shops do not care
about animals. If they did, they would not sell them.
This is no different than being veg*n because of poor animal treatment or because it is wrong to use animals as commodities. I would not buy from a company that tested on animals but gave some revenue to animal charities, for the same reason I boycott these horrible places.