Urge PetSmart Not to Sell Rabbits
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Urge PetSmart Not to Sell Rabbits
Company's new policy will condemn more bunnies to death in overcrowded shelters

From In Defense of Animals

PetSmart, the largest retailer of pet supplies in the U.S., recently announced plans to start selling dwarf rabbits in their stores, a substantial break from their previous policy of working with rescue organizations to place rescued bunnies. Rabbits are the third most-frequently relinquished companion animals at shelters across the country, right behind dogs and cats, and PetSmart's decision to sell rabbits when thousands languish in shelters will cause millions more to die.

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits generally require more time and attention than cats and dogs, so many people who make impulse purchases in pet stores soon surrender them to shelters. Even worse, some are released into the outdoors, where they are typically eaten by predators or run over by cars. PetSmart has honored its commitment not to sell puppies and kittens in any of its stores, and they ought to extend the same protection to rabbits.

What You Can Do:

Please call or write PetSmart to politely tell them that you are unhappy with their decision to sell rabbits in their stores. Also encourage them to expand their rabbit adoption programs by reaching out to more rabbit rescue groups, and let them know that you will shop elsewhere as long as they continue to sell rabbits.

Contact:

PetSmart, Inc.
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
800-738-1385 ext. 2518

 

Update - December 20, 2007

Victory: PetSmart Agrees Not to Sell Rabbits!

Retailer ends rabbit sales in response to overwhelming outcry

In July 2007, we (In Defense of Animals) reported that PetSmart, the largest retailer of companion animal supplies in the U.S., announced their plans to start a pilot plan to sell dwarf rabbits. This was a disturbing departure from their previous policy of working with rescue organizations to place rescued bunnies. Rabbits are the third most-frequently relinquished companion animals at shelters across the country, right behind dogs and cats. Fortunately, PetSmart announced this week that the company is discontinuing the rabbit sale "test" and will no longer be selling rabbits in any of their stores once the remaining rabbits are gone.

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits generally require more time and attention than cats and dogs, so many people who make impulse purchases in pet stores soon surrender them to shelters. Even worse, some are released into the outdoors, where they are ill equipped to survive and are susceptible to predation or being run over by cars. Animal advocates were disturbed by PetSmart's decision to test market rabbit sales, given its commitment not to sell puppies and kittens in any of its stores. Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, and email the company, rabbits will have a reason to celebrate this holiday season. The company allegedly made the decision not to sell rabbits due to the overwhelming opposition from people who care about animals across the U.S.--you made a difference!

What You Can Do
Please write to PetSmart to thank the company for their decision. Tell them you applaud their efforts to fight the animal overpopulation crisis by allowing shelters to adopt out dogs, cats, and rabbits rather than selling these animals in their stores, and for supporting spay/neuter programs.

Contact:
John Alpaugh
Vice President, Specialty Merchandising
PetSmart
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Tel.: (623) 580-6100
Email: corpcommunications@ssg.petsmart.com

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