Originally Posted by pandybear
where i come from, Bunbury, the pet store owners do play with the animals and even take them home at night, one pet store sells not only unwanted kittens but adult cats that need homes too and she encourages you to buy one of those instead, she also has them neutered and encourages others to do the same.
the cats have tonnes of room, toys, treats and are very happy, they also aren't expensive $20, the people who bring them in don't get anything out of it except the knowlage that their kitten has a chance.
i don't think the problem is as big here because iv'e never come across it.
i brought pandy in a pet store and she was from an unwanted litter, who knows what would have happened to her if the pet store didn't take her in, so far, the only pets stores i have seen have been run by great people who genuinly care for the animals there.
If these people are taking in cats and kittens and "adopting" them out for a small fee, as well as encouraging spay and neuter, I consider it a shelter.
If they are taking in unwanted animals from accidental litters, or strays, then they are a shelter.
However, if they are acting as a middleman between a Backyard Breeder and a customer, then this is unethical. IE, if they are purchasing mixed breed and purebred animals that are PURPOSELY bred for profit, this is a pet store.
And this is wrong....
Again, its not just about the animal appearing cared for and happy. Many Backyard breeders appear to be caring people too.
What matters is where these animals are coming from and if they are being bred for profit.
So, if this pet "store" you are describing doesn't purchase animals from unethical sources but rather takes in unwanted animals and kittens needing homes, they would be considered more of a shelter.
And, if Pandy was an unwanted animal from an accidental litter, then you moreso "adopted" her rather than purchased her. Also, I hope that the owner of this establishment had Pandy's dam spayed.
But you ask what would have happened to her if she for example, wasn't purchased but left at the pet store? Well, you wouldn't have contributed to another "Pandy" popping up in her place.
Take a gander at the devastating effects of animals being bought at pet stores and the many many more lives that suffer due to purchasing these animals. Its about the greater good for the animals really: