Pet Stores and Guinea Pigs - Cavy Spirit

and cavalier attitudes on the part of pet store operators and others selling pet guinea pigs.
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Because large retailers have no business selling guinea pigs. There is simply no way that a responsible, ethical breeder can be supplying guinea pigs to a pet store that suffers from strangles. And, if said pet store was capable of selling animals in a responsible and humane way — with properly trained staff and a guinea pig vet expert on duty — a story like Macy’s would never have happened.
Many pet stores do not guarantee the sex of the guinea pigs they sell.
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Teddy Guinea Pigs usually sell for $20 to $30. They are often available in pet shops, and many breeders sell them as well.
Guinea Pigs come in many varieties and are readily available at pet stores, shelters, and rescues. When looking to acquire a pet guinea pig make sure it is a healthy animal. A healthy guinea pig will have brilliant eyes, good sound teeth, and a healthy coat. Any age and either sex will make a good pet, however you should plan to get more than one as they are very social and do best with a companion. Get a same sex pair or you could end up having babies. If there's a pet store selling guinea pigs, they are most likely being some rehome.
Photo provided by FlickrPetco, PetSmart, and farm/feed stores that sell live animals, including guinea pigs.
Photo provided by FlickrApr 17, 2017 - Pet stores and backyard breeders are notorious for selling sick, parasite infested guinea pigs
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We recommend pet stores that don't sell animals. Way too often, the big chain pet stores sell guinea pigs who are pregnant, mis-sexed, ill, have mites or have compromised health overall. I hear many adopters tell me about all heartache and the vet visits and bills they incurred the first few months or year, only to lose their piggy anyway.
Breeders who derive over $500 in gross income from the sale of guinea pigs (or any animals covered by the regulations) in any calendar year are generally required to have a USDA license. Few who should -- do. APHIS (The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) ensures that all regulated commercial animal breeders, dealers, brokers, transportation companies, exhibitors, and research facilities are licensed or registered. APHIS also searches for unlicensed or unregistered facilities. While 'hobby breeders' who sell animals directly out of their home to individuals are not subject to licensing, any breeder who also sells animals to pet stores or dealers or other potentially regulated entities be licensed when their gross income exceeds $500.The US Department of Agriculture administers and enforces the AWA (Animal Welfare Act), a federal law of limited purpose and scope. The individuals who must either obtain a permit to buy and sell listed animals (which includes guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits, but not birds, rats, or mice) or register for their use includes certain classes of breeders and dealers of animals, exhibitors of animals, and research facilities, but, pet owners, agriculture use and most retail pet stores are not under the control of this law.Petsmart is a great place to get your small furry friends but any pet store that sells hamsters or mice will probably carry guinea pigs too. I know ...The problem with buying from these large corporate pet stores is that you’ll be supporting their method of selling guinea pigs. They are essentially “guinea pig mills,” that breed guinea pigs without the best practices and ship them to their corporate stores.By amending the definition of “Animal” to include guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits, IR-1761 effectively changes the existing definition for “Pet Dealer”, adding pet stores selling small animals.