I should probably qualify the statement in my title. A good pet shop, one that sells toys, food, pet aides, crates, beds etc is invaluable particularly when the people who run it are generally friendly, helpful and a mine of pet related information. The lady who ran our favorite pet shop in Astana was absolutely brilliant in this regard and I love to go into the Pets at Home warehouses in the UK – it is like a treasure trove of wonderful things for your pet.
No, the type of pet shop I hate are the ones that sell animals with absolutely no regard for their welfare and sadly they are still all too common here in Malaysia. A friend of ours got their cats through one of these shops and they have had a variety of health problems - our little stray, Kismet, rescued from the streets was much healthier - a true indictment on the 'care' these places provide their charges.
One of the pet shops near our home sells a wide variety of exotic pets as well as puppies and kittens taken from their mothers too early and left to wait alone and un-socialised in a cage. This is why I hate pet shops…
|This poor cat has nowhere comfortable to sleep and has no place|
to hide from prying eyes
|No real enrichment for this poor chap|
|This ferret is practically bald|
|A poor environment for young pups to grow up in|
|Completely un-socialised a bad start in life|
|Poodles are clever- he must be bored stiff|
|Desperate for any interaction or loving contact|
|And marked down because no one wants him|
|Yes - this really is a raccoon being sold as a family pet!|
|These little chaps sold for £15 will probably end up being 'liberated'|
into an overcrowded temple pond for 'merit'.
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