Small animals deserve to live well, no matter where they are, or how small they may be.
I find it hard to believe that I am the only person out there that has seen this, and is not okay with it.
On 07.03.2013, I visited my local PetCo to purchase a guinea pig. From the moment I got her, I knew she was sick. I took her to the vet, and they confirmed what I already knew. I am slowly nursing her back to health, but I refuse to stop with her. This is not the first time I have received a sick animal from them, and I'm sure it won't be the last one they sell. I'm here to try and change that.
Now I know I could return her, I know. But what would the store do with her then? Leave her to die? I refuse to think about that. It is not a matter of money spent, it is a matter of what is right.
Why are they able to get away with treating their animals the way they do? Many of them are not kept in proper size cages, despite what the PetCo guidelines say. The example off the top of my head is this: According to the Humane Society, and several other websites, guinea pigs should be kept in cages no less than 7.5 square feet. I have seen at least one in small pullout cage that PetCo has. It is unacceptable. They're obviously not being fed what they should be, nor are they allowed the exercise they need, or they wouldn't be getting so sick. PetCo claims that it takes sick animals to the vet, upon noticing they are sick. If so, why have I purchased three already sick animals from there? Why did an employee see my most recently purchased animal sneeze, and say "if it sneezes, that means it's sick?" It makes no sense to me.
A current PetCo employee, agrees that at least the cages should be bigger. "I am a current employee of Petco. I do agree with parts of what you are saying, so I have singed . . . Also the habitats are too small. It is hard to make a customer understand that Ian animal must have a larger habitat from what we have them in. This is not leading by a good example. I hope we will see changes soon. :)"
I'm asking that PetCo step up their game when it comes to how they treat these innocent animals, or stop selling them all together. It is time to stop sitting silently. Help me be the voice for the innocent.