who wants to snuggle…in the a/c??? 🔥🔥🔥 hey hot dogs, any new pawrents need some tips on keeping us flat-facers cool? i got you: frozen chicken broth cubes. cooling scarves (like mine!) & mats. mini ice-gel packs for your #baglife. y'all got any other tips? ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
#newpetpartner #staycool #petsmart #tbt

SIGNAL BOOST: PetSmart is selling a recalled brand of jerky treats that are literally killing hundreds of dogs around north america

https://www.change.org/p/petsmart-stop-the-sales-remove-and-destroy-all-authority-products-ie-jerky-treats-food-sourced-manufactured-and-packaged-outside-the-usa

“I believe that Authority products are directly linked to the death of my dog, Gidget, a 10 pound Chihuahua.  There is an equal body of information that supports the illness/death of other pets as related to these products since the sudden and untimely death of my beloved pet.  Since her passing I have pledged to be her voice and to get the information out in the hopes of saving other dogs. I have taken to social media only to be approached by other pet owners who reported that their pets had gotten ill or died shortly and suddenly after eating the Authority treats.  Reported illness and deaths have occurred locally, in other states nationwide and in Canada. A constant and common factor in all these dogs are the AUTHORITY PRODUCTS.  No pet owner or pet should have to endure the effects of these treats.  It was a terrible painful death for our girl.  She deserved better.

The FDA requested the jerky product name and lot number.  The FDA then requested her medical records and body Gidget’s body 48 hours after her death and performed a necropsy on her at the New Bolten Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  The results are forth coming.  What is certain is the Authority Chicken Jerky that Gidget ate is listed on the FDA’s list of known jerkies to cause illness/death.  So why is it still on the shelves of PetSmart? How many dogs have to die?

As consumers we need to pull together and demand that PetSmart take action to make our pets safe.  They need to stop cutting corners and provide products that do not cause our pets illness and death.  This would be right thing to do. Please join me in this cause, and help all pet owners to protect the ones we love.”

https://www.change.org/p/petsmart-stop-the-sales-remove-and-destroy-all-authority-products-ie-jerky-treats-food-sourced-manufactured-and-packaged-outside-the-usa

These treats are literally on recall from the FDA and PetSmart is still selling them, this is so illegal and immoral its not even funny please sign this petition and end this nighmare

So called “Pit Bull” Advocates are getting their undies in a twist over Petsmarts policy of not allowing Bully breed into their daycamp.

Do people not realize that Bully Breeds, especially APBT’s are prone to dog aggression? Petsmart is doing the right thing in not allowing bull breeds into the program for the safety of other dogs. 

Bull breeds start fights in doggy camps all the time…granted so do dogs of other breeds and mixes but the difference is that once an APBT or related breeds start a fight they often will not stop until the other dog is dead. 

Look what happened last week I believe when the Bully mix managed to get free and attacked a smaller dog, resulting in the dog getting stabbed and PTS.

What would happen if a Bull breed suddenly decided that it does not like a dog in the camp and attacks it? 

So all the “Pit Bull” advocates need to take a step back, read up on the History of the APBT and use their heads. Dog aggression is a common genetic trait in APBTs and mixes. 

Petsmart is not against Bully Breeds, they are merely trying to be responsible and keep dogs in the program safe from the possibility of getting attacked by possible dog aggressive Bulldogs. 

THAT IS NOT A RESCUED PET.

If you buy an animal from petco, petsmart, any pet store, this is NOT a rescue pet. I’ve been seeing far too many people saying “yes, this is my (insert animal name here) she’s a rescue, i got her from PetCo!” 

No no no. There is a huge difference. When you adopt an animal from a shelter they use the money you give them for vet care, food, and other animal supplies. If you adopt an animal from a kill shelter, you are quite literally saving their lives! 

If you buy an animal from a pet store that money goes to the company, to buy more animals. As with ANY company, there is bound to be bad employees. As with ANY chain business, there is going to be bad stores. 

Some facts about PetCo:

1.) PetCo does NOT have expiration dates on animals. There is no such things as an animal being too old, or being there too long so we put it down. THIS IS A MYTH. 

2.) PetCo’s company policy is to “think adoption first” at my store it is MANDATORY that before we sell an animal we ask if they have considered adoption instead. This is a company wide rule, unfortunately some stores don’t enforce it, my store does. Our goal isnt to sell sell sell or “get rid of stock” THIS IS A MYTH.

3.) When shopping in a Petco store you will hear over the intercom EVERY HOUR “At Petco, animals always come first” This is a cue to the employees that it is time for the hourly health and wellness check. That’s right, HOURLY. Every hour it is MANDATORY to check every single animal in the store to see if they are okay, and complete the paperwork, If something is out of the ordinary they are taken to the back. animals never go “days without water” or other things i have heard. THIS IS A MYTH.

4.) HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BACK ROOM: PetCo does NOT breed their own animals. There is not “hamster mills” or anything back there. All the animals are shipped in. If an animal is noticed to be sick during an hourly health check they will be taken to the vet within hours, this is policy. They are kept in the back room until they are fully recovered. There is a vet on call. Overstock is also kept in the back room. For example if we get in 3 guinea pigs, and there is only room for 1, we don’t cram the extras in. They are kept in a separate habitat in the back until there is room for them up front. There are occupancy limits posted on the inside of every habitat. 

5.) HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ANIMAL DIES: Sometimes animals die, it is unavoidable in a pet store. I heard this crazy story that an iguana was found in a PetCo dumpster but it wasn’t even dead. There is no way this could have been true. When an animal is thought to be dead it is removed, and checked thoroughly for signs of life. If it has passed it is placed in a black then put in the freezer. Once a week someone comes to cremate all of the dead animals. Cremation. Even the fish. If it is a fish the water in the tank gets sent off to a lab for extensive testing. Every time. That’s what happens. They are not whipped carelessly into a waste basket. THIS IS A MYTH. 

6.) If you go into small animals and ask them a question about a snake, they’re probably not going to know. If you go into reptiles and ask them a question about a hamster, they’re probably not going to know. If you go into Walmart and ask a person in apparel about a food item they’re probably not going to know. If you go into Walmart and ask a person in grocery about a clothing item, they’re probably not going to know. You see what im getting at here right?

7.) Recently a dog died when it was left in a walk in drier. This is horrible. However did you know that not every petco has a walk in drier for dogs? The one I work at doesn’t have one. We had a store meeting after that happened at that store that lasted several hours. We were told that all of the groomers that worked that day at that store were fired. Rightfully so.

If you want to feel good about yourself and tell people you rescued a pet, than do it. Go to a shelter, rescue a pet. Animals from Petco are not rescue pets. I hope this made some of you feel better knowing the truth about pet care. Im not some company big wig. Hell, I dont even work there anymore. I just don’t like when people have an opinion based off nonsense.  

anonymous asked:

Do you know why everyone says it's bad to buy geckos from PetSmart or Petco? Bc if no one buys them they will be stuck in those awful conditions...

Not everyone says it. I can’t speak for others who do, only myself. There are many people with different opinions on the matter, and your ask seems to demonstrate that.  Some people don’t care at all about buying from PetCo or PetSmart, or would encourage it. Many people do get their reptiles there.

I don’t believe I have ever said this on my tumblr yet, though I agree with those who are against it. I certainly do not think anyone should buy their pet at these chain stores; I will go into why I think this. 

1.) It doesn’t help the root of the “awful conditions” problem – it actually perpetuates and contributes to it.
2.) You are likely to get a genetically unhealthy animal.
3.) You are likely to get an acutely unhealthy animal.
4.) There are plenty of legitimate rescues who have geckos needing to be adopted.

Buying them (or other animals for sale but suffering) is what I (and others) call a “sympathy purchase”, not a rescue. By buying them, it perpetuates the cycle of encouraging mass breeding farms (essentially gecko “puppy mills”) to sell to pet stores that will continue to keep them in sub-par conditions. Buying them does not just save that one gecko from those awful conditions. They will immediately buy new stock, and put it into those same awful conditions. It just dooms more geckos. Even if hundreds of thousands of people all went and bought geckos to “save them” all it would do is drive up PetCo/Smart’s sales and they would put more effort into promoting gecko sales, selling cheap gecko kits, and so on. They sell more animals when animals are promoted as “easy” and “cheap” so they stock “easy” kits which are nowhere near adequate for the animals, and the cycle of neglect after purchase continues.

These stores have bad corporate policies in place that the employees, no matter how dedicated, can’t get around. Different stores have different levels of care, but no matter what they do, they still buy stock from breeders who value quantity and profit over the health and quality of their animal’s lines (budgies with horrible genetic problems and cancer, geckos of questionable parentage and shortened lifespans, horrible diseases rampant in their lizards, birds, and rodents, etc. I could go on and on), feeding policies that are atrocious, and other poor husbandry requirements. 

Buying animals from them has never changed that.

However, other things have. They used to sell large birds. They used to sell rabbits. Due to boycotts, petitions, and other grassroots campaigns, PetCo and PetSmart caved to pressure and stopped carrying these animals in their stores. They started hosting adoption events. Many stores host adoption events for various animals all the time. In addition, husbandry does get better when pressure is put on the store. Not through buying animals, but through campaigns. Things that cost them money such as protests and boycotts, not animal purchases.

The only way to stop this is to actively oppose it. Do not encourage it, at the very least.

As to the second point, it is a continuation of the first. PetCo and PetSmart typically source their animals from larger scale breeders and farms. The animals are from mill-like situations. These are not the healthy, well-bred animals you’d get from a private breeder who has been perfecting several morphs for years. You don’t know what health problems you’ll get down the road. (In some cases you do; if you buy a petstore budgie, for example, you can expect cancer, cancer, cancer.) 

In addition, because of poor husbandry (both at the farm and by necessity in the loud, bright, overcrowded tank at the store), they may have acute illnesses like parasites and bacteria. I believe PetCo had cryptosporidiosis go through their leopard geckos before (protozoa infection), which can also infect the feeder insects. PetCo keeps their geckos on sand (even as babies) which means you might get them already starting to suffer from impaction. PetSmart keeps them on carpet, which is better because of impaction, but carpet can harbor lingering bacteria if not cleaned properly, especially with already sickly geckos, so it’s not recommended either!  

Finally, if you really want to rescue an animal from a bad situation, there are geckos in rescues all around the country. Some of them have had it really bad, such as surviving burns or surgeries. Others are abandoned after people grew bored with them, or are recovering from being malnourished, or neglected. Some are just “different” and not up to snuff for a breeding project. Since they are one of the most common pet reptile, they are one of the most common pet reptile needing adoptive homes. 

And of course, many originally came from PetCo and PetSmart, because that’s where they were bought originally before the original owners got “bored”, but adopting from the legitimate rescue is awesome!

Note: Adopting an animal from PetCo or PetSmart which is not for sale through their adoption programs is not the same as buying from them and does not perpetuate the cycle.

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PetSmart screwing over their employees, please boost

This is a post sent to me w a request to boost, pls reblog or repost on other social media outlets, I know it’s a long post, so pls reblog as text. the text in the post is copied below:

I’m not sure if this is the right place to put this, but I just want to let something out. I know in the United States that businesses cutting every corner or changing work place policies in a way that detriments workers is pretty common, but I’ve never had it happen to me before.

Yesterday, Petsmart had every store manager have a conversation with their workers through a lunch break about new policies that Petsmart is implementing immediately. They chose a lunch setting to butter them up and prevent them from making a scene. The first thing that the managers were informed of is that every manager minus the store now has to re interview for a lesser position called an associate lead. An associate lead has every power that a manager had but now only works part time and has no benefits at all. This is a big deal for all my store managers as they aren’t remotely wealthy and all of them practically live paycheck to paycheck. One manager finally moved out of her dads (her mom is actually dead, I wasn’t aware) house, another saves small animals and reptiles from houses that can’t care for them, and another has a kid on the way. They rely on those full time hours and the benefits Petsmart gave them.

The thing about this is, Petsmart is no longer a public company, they have no shares and no longer has people to please. They’re a privately ran company bought by a European company that is fully utilizing all of the United States minimum business practices.

If Petsmart found out that someone leaked this information, they would be fired. Petsmart has strictly forbidden this knowledge leaking onto the public. As a Petsmart worker, I heavily recommend boycotting the store and sending complaints about this to the corporation headquarters. This isn’t something the America people should let happen to their fellow working class citizens. I’m trying to start a nationwide strike against Petsmart like Walmart did. Sorry if this isn’t the right place to put this post.

Edit 1: Everyone feel free to repost this to relating subreddits. I dont care if I get credit or not, copy and paste it to get Karma if thats your goal. I can’t post on a lot of subreddits because of my accounts age so I need everyones help. Ive been talking to a lot of my managers and they have all said anyone will be terminated immediately for even mentioning this policy change. Im sorry that a lot of you are mad that I dont have solid evidence, but I will work on it. I just can’t jeopardize my coworkers, that wouldn’t be right or fair to them.

Edit 2: Petsmart is going through these changes in order of their tiers.

Tier 1, what my store is, are stores in smaller populated areas and don’t perform as well (even though my store performs incredibly well for its size). These changes are that only two managers have full time. These are the Store Leader (formally store manager) and operations leader (formally operations manager) they are no longer salaried and can only work 40 hours a week tops. Along with this, the petcare managers and the presentation managers have to interview for the associate lead position. The support manager changes to support lead. They only receive part time and no benefits because of it.

Tier 2 are larger stores and their position titles are changing to leads but are temporary keeping full time (their full time will go down to part time probably by the end of the year.

Tier 3 are the largest and best performing stores. They are relatively unchanged and will probably remain that way until tier 2 has fully gone through the changes that tier 1 are going through.

I can’t even express how disappointed I am in the Kong dog crate I purchased recently. I thought it’d be super durable- being Kong- and the doors slide up rather than swing out which is great for a tiny house like mine. But holy cow, I’ve never seen such shoddy craftsmanship! I paid $170 for this thing and it was on sale! The plastic liner was cracked and the side door was bent straight out of the box, then within a day Ziva was able to bend it even more. She’s 100lbs of muscle and she destroyed her last crate, thus the need for a new one, however I watched her bend it and it took 0 effort whatsoever. Now the door won’t even open at all. I’ll be hard pressed to buy anything from Kong again

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Petsmart's policies just changed, and they don't want the public to learn what they did. • /r/self

I’m not sure if this is the right place to put this, but I just want to let something out. I know in the United States that businesses cutting every corner or changing work place policies in a way that detriments workers is pretty common, but I’ve never had it happen to me before.

Yesterday, Petsmart had every store manager have a conversation with their workers through a lunch break about new policies that Petsmart is implementing immediately. They chose a lunch setting to butter them up and prevent them from making a scene. The first thing that the managers were informed of is that every manager minus the store now has to re interview for a lesser position called an associate lead. An associate lead has every power that a manager had but now only works part time and has no benefits at all. This is a big deal for all my store managers as they aren’t remotely wealthy and all of them practically live paycheck to paycheck. One manager finally moved out of her dads (her mom is actually dead, I wasn’t aware) house, another saves small animals and reptiles from houses that can’t care for them, and another has a kid on the way. They rely on those full time hours and the benefits Petsmart gave them.

The thing about this is, Petsmart is no longer a public company, they have no shares and no longer has people to please. They’re a privately ran company bought by a European company that is fully utilizing all of the United States minimum business practices.

If Petsmart found out that someone leaked this information, they would be fired. Petsmart has strictly forbidden this knowledge leaking onto the public. As a Petsmart worker, I heavily recommend boycotting the store and sending complaints about this to the corporation headquarters. This isn’t something the America people should let happen to their fellow working class citizens. I’m trying to start a nationwide strike against Petsmart like Walmart did. Sorry if this isn’t the right place to put this post.

Edit 1: Everyone feel free to repost this to relating subreddits. I dont care if I get credit or not, copy and paste it to get Karma if thats your goal. I can’t post on a lot of subreddits because of my accounts age so I need everyones help. Ive been talking to a lot of my managers and they have all said anyone will be terminated immediately for even mentioning this policy change. Im sorry that a lot of you are mad that I dont have solid evidence, but I will work on it. I just can’t jeopardize my coworkers, that wouldn’t be right or fair to them.

Edit 2: Petsmart is going through these changes in order of their tiers. Tier 1, what my store is, are stores in smaller populated areas and don’t perform as well (even though my store performs incredibly well for its size). These changes are that only two managers have full time. These are the Store Leader (formally store manager) and operations leader (formally operations manager) they are no longer salaried and can only work 40 hours a week tops. Along with this, the petcare managers and the presentation managers have to interview for the associate lead position. The support manager changes to support lead. They only receive part time and no benefits because of it.

Tier 2 are larger stores and their position titles are changing to leads but are temporary keeping full time (their full time will go down to part time probably by the end of the year.

Tier 3 are the largest and best performing stores. They are relatively unchanged and will probably remain that way until tier 2 has fully gone through the changes that tier 1 are going through.