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Has anyone noticed an increase in small pet stores that only sell supplies and not animals in your area? There are several pet stores in my area that don't sell animals due to space, cost and the time and effort it takes to care for animals. I've noticed in several pet stores that only sell supplies that they don't have very much for small animals. Their main focus seems to be dogs and cats. Has anyone else noticed the same thing?
 

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Certainly...the trend has been towards this and smaller, specialty stores for about 6 years now....stores like oour local "Tailblazers", that specialises in high-grade and raw foods for dogs and cats, along with a very few non-food supplies, or like reptile-only stores, bird-only stores (we have one in Canada that sells only bird supplies, no animals). These stores tend to do very well, actually, especially here, where people are willing to spend quite a bit to ensure that their pet has the best and/or unique items.
 

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A worker from one of the small stores that cater to only dogs and cats offered to special order guinea pig products for me if I needed it. I think that was very thoughtful of her. I understand that there are a lot more owners of dogs and cats than there are of small animals so it makes sense to have those types of stores.
 

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Actually we lost most of our "pet" stores years ago with the crackdown of puppy/kitten mills in the area.

Petco/Petsmart still sells small animals and birds. Local feed stores still sell everything from mice to turkeys. These stores focus on high quality feed. We get enough junk from petco/petsmart and grocery stores.

I agree though. Maybe its good the cost goes up. Then people will think twice before getting a lawn ornament.
 

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Not here.

There is ONE pet supply only store called "Pet Zone" that caters to all animals...rats,mice,guinea pigs,rabbits,cats,dogs,bird...etc,etc. And we have a dog only store called "The Dog House",which is all dog supplies and a few cat things. These two stores are the only two stores in my city that don't sell animals.

But we have quite a few animal pet stores and a new one (PetSmart) just opened up last month. No matter how much educating you do,people still shop at these places. I am guilty,but only because I have to buy live food (crickets,worms and such) for my scorpion and pet stores that sell animals are my only option.
 

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I like to order online so I won't go in and support things like that
 

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Ordering online is not feasible for everyone.
And well SUPPLY ONLY stores are not bad.
 

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Ordering online is not feasible for everyone.
And well SUPPLY ONLY stores are not bad.
Plus supporting local small shops helps ensure that they will be there in the future, and makes the local economy healthier.
 

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Yes,that too. I am all for supporting the smaller local businesses here.

"The Dog House" which is our all dog supply store (no animals sold at all,the only live animals in there are the employees dogs,they bring their dogs to work sometimes! :D) and they promote rescues. Anyway they have been around now for at least 9-10 yrs and are still going strong.
 

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True supply only stores are great but there aren't any around here :(
 

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Buying supplies on-line may be cheaper, but you do have to add on the shipping and handling, plus it has to go through the mail. There are pros and cons to buying either way. I buy my supplies in stores in case there is damage through shipping.
 

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Plus supporting local small shops helps ensure that they will be there in the future, and makes the local economy healthier.
Well said. Shame that so many people think that Wal-Mart and like stores save them money and are good for the community. Sickening.
 

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Yep,for example I recently bought a small bag of Harlen Tek rat lab blocks...the bag was about $5 and they charged me $20 shipping! :no2:

Never again will I order from them. I can buy a $5 bag of lab blocks locally with NO shipping charges and NO risk of it getting lost in the mail.
 

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I admit that I shop online for most of my pet supplies as well. I even buy my reptiles feeder insects online :giggle: I always make sure to shop around and compare prices to make sure I'm getting the best deal.

I wouldn't have a problem shopping locally normally, but there just aren't any local pet stores that I want to support. We have two pet stores here in town and neither of them sell cats or dogs.

But then those same stores do sell smaller animals like rabbits, rodents, ferrets, birds, etc. I don't like that. Most of those animals come from breeding mills very similar to puppy mills. I don't understand why a store would be against selling puppy mill puppies but they seemingly have no problem selling other animals that come from breeding mills. It's just a profit thing I guess. But to me, selling small animals that came from mills is just as bad as selling puppy mill puppies. I refuse to support that.
 

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Well some of us have no choice.

I cannot order my feeder bugs from Canadian Feeders anymore,because you need a minimum of $25 worth of feeders...I need 3-4 crickets ($1) every week...so I have no choice but to get my feeder bugs from pet stores. I used to order from them all of the time,but they changed ownership and now they only do bulk orders. I have no use for more then 3-4 crickets or worms a week.

I am not making excuses. I know all too well about small animal mills as much as I know about dog mills. And I rather NOT shop at a pet store that sells any animals,but there is no choice for me. But I seriously have no other option here. The pet supply only stores here do not sell crickets and I need live food for my scorpion. And not $25 worth.

You need credit cards for most online stores nowadays. Not everyone has or wants one.
 

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We have a few small pet stores in the area that sell only dog and cat supplies. One mainly stocks food and treats while another mainly stocks toys/clothes/beds/etc. Some of the food at the independent store is at larger stores like petsmart/petco/walmart and of course these large retailers are cheaper. However, the food that isn't available at large stores along with clothes and stuff is usually pretty close to online prices after you figure in shipping.
 
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