Contact Pet Store upper management. Discuss the benefits of rabbit adoptions over rabbit sales for both organizations.
We look forward to recruiting volunteers and replicating this program in other Indiana cities: Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo, and Terre Haute. Collaborating with Petco, we hope to complete implementation of rabbit adoption programs in all stores by the close of 2008. This will make Indiana the first state with only adoptable rabbits available in Petco stores!
On September 14 I sold 5 6 week old rabbits 4 Lionheads and 1 Netherland Dwarf to a pet store. Four of those five died starting Friday, September 21, the week following the sale. They were eating and healthy, then just died.
BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center | What's Wrong With a Pet Store?
Pet stores may be a logical place to get a rabbit
But what a lot of people don’t realize is that no matter how adorable are, buying one from a pet store or breeder is a terrible idea. Here’s why:Rabbits can live for more than 10 years, and they require care and attention every day of their lives. If you and your family decide that you’re ready to bring a bunny into your lives, be sure to , instead of buying from a pet store or breeder. How about adopting two so they can keep each other company?Pet stores and bunny dealers often buy rabbits when they’re only 4 weeks old because they take up less space and look so cute. But bunnies that young shouldn’t be away from their moms. Can you imagine being taken away from your mom as a baby and sold to a stranger? are miserable places for animals, and if you buy from them, you’re supporting a cruel business that treats animals like products.You can usually find bags of hay at most pet stores. However, the absolute most economical place to purchase hay is direct from a local farm. Check Craigslist’s farm/garden section or your local classifieds to find a hay farmer. You can purchase hay in bulk (by the bale) for a fraction of the cost of a pet store bag of hay. One bale (stored in a cool, dry location) can feed a single rabbit for months.Picture a food pyramid for rabbits. What do you see at the base? If you chose bunny pellets, you wouldn’t be alone. Walking down the small animal aisle in pet stores usually reinforces the idea that bunny food takes the form of a brown pellet mix (and many times with corn kernels and other unhealthy additives thrown in).Building a rabbit adoption partnership is a new enterprise for many groups Pet Stores and Rescue Groups alike. The best way to alleviate Pet Store/staff fears is to have buy-in from upper level management and the small animal companion animal specialist first. Discuss the program with top management and the small animal companion animal specialist in the store and answer any questions that they may have. The first store is the longest meeting. After successfully implementing the program in the first store of a chain, upper level managers are on board and things go much more smoothly in subsequent stores.