Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a good experience I had at Petsmart, and at least we know their are some decent ones out there.
At my Petsmart a local farmer sells these great treats for my guinea pigs, they are just natural hay wrapped in a dried cornhusk, my girls love them so I always go in once and a while if I am in the area to pick one up as a treat.
Anyways, I went buy the guinea pig where the girl I know who refers to me as the guinea pig guru waved me down and brought me up to this kid. She said this guy has built a cage from Guineapigcages.com do you have your phone to show them (Iphone, with more pics of my piggies then my fiance)
So I explained to the kid about C&C cages and where to buy the items in town, how much they cost, and even gave him my email if he needed some help. The girl was actually refusing to let the kid and his mother purchase another pig (he had 3) until he did this.
When the mother got upset about her not being able to get another pig, she yelled for the manager and got all flustered as mothers do, and the manager came over and said, if my associate doesn't think our animals will go to a good home, we will not sell one to you at all. She mentioned how she could go to (name of random mom and pop store), the Manager said, I know her and she wouldn't sell you if she new the situation. The manager also said she would call the SPCA and warn them about this family as well since I mentioned to her they have 2 piggies up for adoption right now.
Now I know this still isn't the greatest because they were selling live animals as merchandise, but at least the Managers it seems in my city work together to filter out abusive homes. It may not be much but at least it's a start.
And I still get a chuckle about being called the Guinea Pig Guru.