Sure, pet store pets need love and shouldnt suffer for the simple fact that shelters exist. But in all honesty, giving money (and for petstores who sell mill puppies and kittens [often mutts sold as purebred] this is usually over 500$) to these places only funds the cycle. I know of more than one dog who was bought from the store came from a mill and were euthanized before the age of 5 due to complicated genetic illness or behavioral issues (not their fault but they were suffering for it)
Also, the ones who do come out fine, well is it worth over 500$ for a pet of unknown background?? I would pay that for a pet from a reputable source, where I meet the parent dog/cat and talk to the actual person who bred it and see what they eat and what they live in etc... Petstores are just holes with grabby hands for your money.
Either way, we can argue till we're blue in the face (or fingers, as it were) and we will never advance (No Man's Land).. so whatever you do, I know the animals will be loved but think of the source of that animal and where the money you pay for it will go (to some grubby handed freak who see's animals in dollar signs or an organization who uses every dime they receive to help more animals in need)..
Lol, I'm not trying to argue, just discussing is all :)
And the pet store I'm talking about, the cats are rescues, as are many of the dogs, and none of them are sold as pure breds and have moderate adoption fees, they generally know the back story and temperament of each cat they have there and know weather he/she should live indoors only or is an indoor/outdoor cat. Also... for the record, many shelters have HUGE adoption fees and treat the animals they house worse than some pet stores. Honestly, many pet store pets have better outlooks because they are more likely to get adopted than shelter pets because they're easy access in a pet store. Tons of shelters euthanize in inhumane ways when their pets don't get adopted.
Anyway, I'm not trying to start a fight, I'm just advocating both sides because I hate to see one side constantly picked on. A lot of pet stores get a lot of hate, and I understand why, but that doesn't mean those dogs and cats that do have shorter life spans because they were bred in mills doesn't mean they shouldn't have a good life and be loved for the 4-5 years that they'll be alive. (Not saying that all pet stores have mill pets, because many don't).
I don't really think that my purchases will directly affect anything, because like it or not, boycotts these days are pointless, no matter what corporate companies are going to win (I know, really pessimistic approach but this is reality). Money is always going to be the issue, and unless we can stop the entire country from doing something, it's not going to happen. People are just too lazy and most don't care. So I don't even try to not buy or do certain things that wont effect anything anyway. It's more inconvenient for me (<--- lazy thing there) and I know that it won't make a difference anyway, so I don't feel like wasting my time is necessary.
I understand the idealistic approach, and wish with all my heart that it was possible and that this world could live on generosity, but the fact of the matter is that people have greedy natures and there's too much evil in the world to be combated by the small amount of good.
Okay, off the philosophic rant... I just remembered I forgot to go to the store for food :( *tummy rumbles*