Oh, I know, I've heard opinions of Petco that vary far differently than mine. I even heard from an ex-employee herself that the way the Petco operated where she worked lacked in several areas. Apparently there wasn't enough exercise wheels for the amount of rodents they had in one cage, etc etc.. and they were careless on the sick.
I'm just sayin', the two Petco's I've been in in New York, and here in Michigan, I've been impressed with. I'm sure it always varies. There's a woman a ways away from us that runs a pet supply only store, because in her words, she's afraid she'd lack in the care of the animals if she carried them, because she doesn't think she'd be able to split that time and take care of her clients as well. I'd love to give her more business - but she lacks in small animal supply variety; and even though she's offered to order Oxbow, I'm not sure what the additional expense would be tacked onto that.
Still, I'm sure the morals of the pet stores vary from state to state, and it's not entirely conclusive to being a chain, or only state-wide. Why, there's a small chain of pet stores inclusive to Michigan(as far as I know), and I've only been in there once, and will only ever be in there once. I was disgusted by what I saw, but I honestly don't want to go into that right now.
Now I'm AFRAID to go into a pet store. Isn't that terrible? I'm afraid of what I might see.