I once saw and ugly old white guinea pig ( hard to believe, I know- but I am being honest here ) with a big metal tag ( um, hello, lab?!) in his ear at PetStupid for something like 6 months. It was breaking my heart to see him.
I wanted to free him from his captors. He was not a quick sale. :(
Our first guinea pig was from a pet store. We got him before I knew of such a thing as a cavy rescue or that animal shelters have so many poor homeless piggies. Although the other three piggies we've had have all been rescue pigs, I don't regret buying Reese for a moment. As you said, sometimes we need to rescue from a pet store.
Reese was older than all of his cage mates at the store because he had been there for two weeks longer. The lady said no one would buy him because he was so ugly. He was actually an absolutely gorgeous agouti--so gorgeous that a woman later offered me money to use him for breeding (I said no.). Only the tri-color pigs were being purchased, so he was about to be returned to the breeder for God knows what. Anyway, while I'm standing there watching him nibble on the sign that listed the price of a guinea pig, a guy showed him to his girlfriend. Seems his snake had gotten too large for single rats and she refused to let him feed a bunny to a snake. He had chosen Reese because he was the largest of the pigs, the others not being much larger than a rat. I heard this and couldn't imagine such a cute little guy becoming snake food. I told the guy that we had already agreed to buy the little guy and were just waiting for something to take him home in. The man was ticked and stormed out to go buy rats. My husband walked over and said, "Did we just buy a guinea pig?" I've been hooked on piggies ever since.
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From mill breeder to broker to distributor to retail outlet, this entire system promotes impulse purchases of living beings as things, sold along with inappropriate supplies to people who want a temporary toy with no intention of ever properly caring for them for life.
I've no doubt you saved Reese's life, and I'm sure you love him. Many (if not most) of us started out where you are, and it's to your credit you now adopt from rescues. But the link above will give you some idea of why we are so adamant the system should not, and cannot, be supported in any way, shape or form.
Her image now sits in some 80,000 households.
I wish I could give you a link, I searched online, but could not find one.
It is a picture of her in her brown-eyed susan costume. I could barely believe my eyes when I saw it early this am. I was so excited I crinkled the page running it out to Mr. Wheekers, who was warming his car up in the driveway.
I don't know it happened. She must have snuck on the computer late at night, while we slept, and submitted her picture to "Pets of the Week". :)
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Most petstore pigs come from huge mill breeders. Nearly everyone has heard of the horrors of puppy mills, but any animal can be "milled" ... and nealy all of them are.
Those that make it out of a mill breeders' enter a chain of brokerage and wholesale distribution every bit as horrific.
Major Pet Store Supplier Raided
Those that make it out of there end up in your local petstore.
Break the chain. Opt to adopt.
It keeps the back mouth of her tube upstairs just a little warm. The cord is well hidden and covered with automotive looming, in case somehow ( very unlikely ) she gets a chance to nibble it.
She is small and frail, and we love her so much.
She is so tiny and sweet. Also still loving her reptile heating pad. I cannot stress how good that is for an elderly GP accessory in wintertime.
She got a package of heirloom 3 color carrot seeds.