Fuck you. Same to irresponsible breeders. Actually, double fuck you.
I just rescued a sick guinea pig from a pet store. It does not matter which one. Every whoring corporate store is the same. They have no scruples beyond making a buck.
An extremely sick and malnourished guinea pig was brought to me yesterday by a friend. He was in store that he frequents often. A worker gave him this guinea pig and said if anyone would take it, it would be him. And if the animal died, he could, you know just feed it to his guinea pig.
The friend brings it to me saying if it could get better I was the only one he knew that would try. He shows me this guinea pig. Cutest thing I ever saw. I could fit three of him in my not so large hands. He is sneezing, wheezing and listless. Eyes crusted, nose running and obviously dehydrated. I am almost died. I could not believe the store would have kept the pig that long without getting help.
This little thing was infested with lice. Apparently, its litter mates would not let it eat or drink. Am I appalled they would even have a animal that sick and lice-ridden in the same cage as other healthy pigs they were trying to sell. That does not even make any good business sense!
I had to hand feed the pig, try to clear some congestion, pick lice, and keep him warm. I stayed up all night terrified it would die before I could do something. I take the darling to the vet and he is diagnosed with advanced pneumonia, lice, malnourishment, scurvy! and dehydration. It weighed about 1/4 what it should have for its age. I happily paid vet the $70 (that I was going to use to see a doctor for congestion I have had for over a month) for supplies to give him a chance to get better, and only a chance to save Kieran (named him even though he could easily die). But he is fighter with a huge appetite for food and life. My mom said he will not die on our watch.
**WHY WHY AND HOW **could an establishment that purports itself to be in the interests of animals let something like that occur? I mean, it would have been more humane for them to kill it. How could they even risk other healthier animals like that?
While trying to find a non-toxic, safe flea powder for such a small sick animal, I went to about 5 different pet stores in the area. All of them had animals in tiny tiny cages. Most smelled. They just had huge plates of food sitting out for the animals to gorge on and foul. How could anyone with a heart or soul work in a company like that? If you are in it just to make some money, no mind the animal FUCK YOU. Even if you love an animal, I could not imagine working in a place where I would have to turn a blind eye to the cruelty. Selling fucking disposable pets like so much candy. Giving misinformation to owners. Selling bunnies and chicks that are going to almost certainly end up in the homes of people like me when the kid gets bored. Fuck the bottom line.
Now, Walmart gets its own paragraph. They are not content enough to run hardware stores and mom-and-pop groceries out of town, no. They need to corner the market on animals. I am sick at the squalor of the fish tanks in these stores everytime I go in. I mean, frankly, why would I want to buy fish when half the tank is belly up. Yet I see well-meaning but stupid people buy them. I am sure they wonder two days later why they are flushing all their fish and their money into the sewer system.
My ire for irresponsible amateur and professional breeders, puppy mills and their ilk knows no bounds. I could not stop writing if I started.
How can people do this to animals? I am not a member of PETA (though I admire at least their…zeal). I eat meat, lots of it (even killed a chicken or two). But dammit, I am convinced that any asshole that could watch an little animal die and then casually offer it as food is going to one of the hottest, dankest places in hell. You cannot have a soul or any decency to breed and sell animals like this. I firmly believe that they are fit people to be around other humans.
I am sad and so so tired of picking up for people’s irresponsible care of animals. I do not have enough room in my heart and home to take care of it all. All of it things that could be prevented if people just thought smartly and did not support these stores with their money and stopped creating a market for sickly, unhealthy animals.