When you buy from a pet store, you support the breeding/selling of animals and contribute to overpopulation and the other problems associated with pet stores. The only way to stop the breeding and selling of animals, and the problems that result from it, is not to support pet stores (or breeders). I know it can be tempting to "rescue" animals from pet stores but you have to look at the big picture. Take a look at this page on the problems with buying from pet stores: <a href="http://www.cavyspirit.com/petstores.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cavyspirit.com/petstores.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
I know the situation with the boa is awful, but I don't know what you can really do about it. If you buy a rabbit from the store they will just feed the boa another rabbit or some other animal...sad but true.<br><br><br><br>
Adopting from a shelter or rescue is really the way to go. That way you are giving a home to an animal in need, and making space at the shelter for another needy animal, but not supporting the pet industry.<br><br><br><br>
And, on a side note, I don't think snakes can be vegetarian...don't know much about them but aren't they carnivores? I doubt they could do well on a vegetarian diet...<br><br><br><br>
No, I don't have a rabbit. I would like to someday though.
Check to see if there's a HRS chapter in your area. <a href="http://www.rabbit.org/adoption/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.rabbit.org/adoption/index.html</a> That page also provides a list of other rabbit rescues.<br><br><br><br>
Why does it have to be a no-kill shelter? You'll probably find that there are many rabbits available in your area through no-kill rescue groups, but if not, it is certainly preferable to adopt from a kill shelter than to buy from a pet store or breeder. If you have an objection to the (usually) humane killing of animals at shelters, surely you have a much bigger objection to pet stores, which are at the root of the problem and are responsible for the deaths of thousands of animals both directly and indirectly.<br><br><br><br>
You can also check <a href="http://www.petfinder.com" target="_blank">www.petfinder.com</a> for adoptable rabbits in your area. (Both kill and no-kill shelters/rescues list their animals here.)
Veggied, there are some no-kill shelters that are BAD places for animals (not very many bad ones, but some)<br><br>
For example: if there is an animal that no one wants (needs special meds, bahavior problems, disabled, etc)<br><br>
then that animal is doomed to life in a small cage only to be taken out when a volunteer has some time. That, in my opinion, is no way to live.<br><br><br><br>
However, there are many wonderful no kill shelters that, run responsibly, are great places for animals to live.<br><br><br><br>
Did you consider that adopting from a kill shelter reduces the number of animals being euthanized?<br><br>
Example: You adopt an animal, saving that animal from euthanasia, and making more cage space available, so another homeless animal has a place to stay, saving that animal from euthanasia.<br><br>
Part of the reason that so many animals are euthanized in kill shelters is that many people refuse to adopt from them, going instead to a no kill shelter.<br><br>
So make sure you do your homework fiirst.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway... Back to the origional topic,<br><br>
here is a link:<br><br><a href="http://exoticpets.com/cs/rabbits/" target="_blank">exoticpets.about.com/cs/rabbits/</a>
That's rediculous Veggied. You were about ready to support a pet store, but you won't support an animal shelter because they put animals to sleep? Why do you think the animal shelters have to put so many animals to sleep? Every time you buy an animal you are encouraging pet stores and breeders to breed more animals and many of them end up at the shelter, where no one comes in to look at them because they don't want to think about the pain that they have caused in the first place.
if you buy from the pet store the ones sitting in the "kill" shelter will likely be killed.<br><br>
what better reason to adopt from the shelter, you'd be saving a life rather than continue the cycle. the more pets you "buy", the more end up in those shelters to die.<br><br><br><br>
and think about it, some no-kill shelters call themselves that because they send animals to other shelters when they can't adopt them. then those other shelters put them down. not all are like that, but some. it's misleading in some cases
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