START • PO Box 440161 • St. Louis, MO 63144 • 314-
Opt to Adopt...No Matter What the Species
Pet Supplies Plus
to end the sale of animals
at their stores.
The majority of people today are aware of puppy mills, cat and dog adoption, cat and dog overpopulation, and cat and dog spay/neuter. The majority of people today do not know about bird mills, mass merchandising of small animals, wildlife/exotic pet trade, etc. Cat and dog exploitation are more obvious because their roles as pets are more common. But, behind the scenes there are millions of so-
When you purchase any animal from a pet store, you line the pockets of large-
The reality is an enormous number of animals continue to suffer at the hands of PetSmart and PETCO (and any other animal seller), because they don't have the same fan base that dogs and cats have. Just as dog and cat lovers see no conflict in eating cows, pigs, and chickens, most do not give a second thought to the commercial exploitation of hamsters, frogs, and birds.
Since bird and small animal rescue and adoption are comparatively new concepts, many groups are still very small and may not have a website or an official standing as an organization. Often these groups start out as lovers of the particular species, who gradually become aware of the problem of pet stores and breeders. Over time they take in unwanted animals and by word of mouth alone they grow. Eventually, many decide to apply for non-
It is great to want to adopt an animal other than a dog or cat. But, you need to do your homework first. It doesn’t do the animal any good if you are not caring for him/her properly, or end up surrendering him yourself because you are overwhelmed. Extensively research any unfamiliar animal you are thinking of adopting.
Every time we buy our pet supplies at stores like PetSmart and Petco, we are allowing them to further their exploitation of animals. We are, in essence, saying we are okay with their treatment of small animals and birds, just as long as they treat dogs and cats fairly. We need to distance ourselves from these companies, and we need to tell them why.