Is it a bad idea to buy a baby chinchilla from PetSmart?
thanks for answering my questions i plan on going to petsmart to get a chinchilla your answers helped me alot thanks again !!!!!!! :)
A few Petsmart do buy from local distributors, but most get animals from the massive Rainbow World facility in Texas. Our California small animals (including chinchillas) get trucked in from Texas even though many are bred in different states and shipped to Texas before getting trucked to California. It's a long, stressful road for these animals and done soon after they're weaned.
The reason I say, "who knows if they did anything about it" is because I know a few people who used to work at Pet Supplies Plus and some of those stories are horrifying to say the least. They just didn't care much. I can't say that Petsmart is the same way, but I've seen stuff on the internet about where Petsmart and other chain stores get their pets and it's quite disturbing. You can't believe everything on the internet though. Personally, I would rather not purchase a pet or supplies at these chain stores. Sometimes, I have no choice (Hay and fish supplies). Plus, you can get chinchilla supplies online from vendors here and rescues for a lot less- and it's way better quality!
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I just went to petsmart, and I saw some chinchila, they are exspensive, $49.99 to be exact, is that a lot, since most of you should know the average price.The only reason these types of cruel breeding centers are still operating is because they are still profitable. Without the support of consumers, they would be forced to close. Sign the petition below to demand that PetSmart stop its support of cruel breeding practices and drop the Holmes Chinchilla Ranch as a supplier.That is very cheap for a chinchilla. The chinchilla’s at my PetsMart are priced at $109.00, which is probably a price you would find for standard greys in most petstores. Any of the other colors would be much more expensive. Perhaps there is a reason this chinchilla is so cheap?On March 11th, 2013 I observed him have five seizures late in the day. On March 12th 2013 I returned him to Petsmart early in the day in order to have him looked at by the vets at Banfield. Before I returned him I called and asked if the vets there were used to looking at chinchillas. I was told yes, they do examine chinchillas. If the Homes Chinchilla Ranch were to be shut down which it needs to be then PetSmart and all the others will not have the opportunity to purchase these abused animals for profit.I was very confused as to why she would know which vet saw him, that he was weighed, and that no tests were performed without having any access to the paperwork. I am also very confused as to why my chinchilla could have been so severely underweight without that being identified by any of the Petsmart staff or Banfield staff. He weighed 264 grams at the time of the vet examination on the 22nd. I also told her that he had been housed with one of their other chinchillas at the time who was still in the store, and since he had coccidia they might want to examine that chinchilla as well as the two new chinchillas who were there in the same cage with that one on the 23rd.