I am glad that we don't have any big chain pet stores around here, because I would be complaining to them all the time. I believe our pet store is different. It is locally owned and the only pets they sell regularly are birds, mice and fish. They do not buy guinea pigs from breeders, but will take them if someone has a litter that they can't (or don't want) to get rid of, and they sell them for about 1/4 the price of any other per store I have ever been to. I should note that we do not currently have a shelter around here. Also, they do not hire anybody who smokes (respiratory problems for animals) and they appear to be very knowledgable on all animals, not just the ones that they have (they only have three employees). I personally feel very comfortable going to this pet store because when I first got my guineas I almost bought fancy food for them (seeds and all), but the employees there told me that this was very bad for them and they took me around the store and showed me what I should be buying them (hay, bedding, food, ect..) I wish that all pet stores were like this. I realize that it is still bad that they sell guinea pigs, but I feel that they are at least in this business for more than money and that they truly do care.