One of the common questions I get asked in regards to the animals, is about where they initially came from. Were they bought from the pet shop? Were they re-homed/adopted? Or my favourite, did I capture them from the wild myself?
First things first, none of our animals here at Wild Science are actually wild. All of our animals are captive bred. It is our firm belief that animals born in the wild should in fact stay in their natural habitat. As to the remaining two questions. We use a mixture. Mainly our invertebrates come from a pet supplier, as they aren’t particularly popular for re-homing. Then the bigger animals, we try to adopt as and when we can. If it is not viable, then in some instances we do go to independent breeders or pet shops depending on the animal and the availability.
Let me provide an example of my own. At home I have five rats. One of those rats is from a pet store – mainly because she was on her own and I didn’t agree with that. Rats are social characters, and fair better in groups. My other four I re-homed from previous house holds due to their original homes no longer being viable for them. To which I add I do keep the previous owners updated in regards to their well being. They know they have gone to a good cause, and I like for them to know that they are leading happy lives.
Pet Shops and Breeders
Let’s focus on the pro’s and con’s of pet stores and breeders. The biggest advantage I find when using a breeder or pet store, is that when I want an animal from a young age and want to train it myself, using breeders and pet stores are the better. Another example I can give you stems from my rabbits. One rabbit is adopted. The other I purchased from a breeder. I wanted a particular breed of a rabbit, followed with the security of knowing her family history, along with knowing about any health conditions. I got to view my doe’s parents as well as the home she was born in. She is well handled, and her good temperament I know is down to the effort I have made with her. Where as with my other rabbit, I adopted him at the age of 1 with no family history. He is a darling, so I know he was handled well previously. However, he does have some fairly naughty habits which have been there since day one. Another glimpse into the life he had previously.
Adopting and Re-homing
The strongest argument for adopting or re-homing, is that you are giving an animal a second chance at a happy life. Furthermore animals that are in the pet trade can be kept in rough conditions and are designed purely for breeding purposes. A decent breeder can supply their animals with a happy life. They breed their pets with their health and lifestyle at the upmost importance. However unfortunately, there are many out there who have pound signs for eyes when it comes to animals. In which case they breed them in small cramped conditions to sell their offspring for profit. By adopting, you are not putting money in the hands of such people.
Now here is my argument. I have warned you, I think highly of my opinion, so if this is something you are not prepared for, avert your gaze now! It is my thought, that the pet trade is too strong a market to go against. There is too high a demand for them, and not enough regulation to get rid of the bad people in the trade. So by purchasing such animals, yes you are helping greedy hands. Yet you are also securing the safety of the animals caught in such trade. I for one know for some of my animals, they lead better lives now that they are in my care. Regardless of the place I got them from. Admittedly this is why my partner likes me to avoid our local pet shops. I had it my way I would purchase every animal in the store. I’m not kidding. My main outlook is that regardless of where I source my animals, I am providing them with a loving home. This is something I am sure we can all agree every animal deserves.
When it all comes down to it, it is all down to research. Don’t roll your eyes, I know I say this plenty. Learn about the animal you are interested in. For example, if you were interested in getting a guinea pig, there are guinea pig rescue centres you could look into. For other animals in terms of rescue, it may be a bit of slim pickings dependant on your desired pet. As well as your home needs to be suitable for your pet. As long as you have done your research, and have made a decision you are happy with, then everything will be fine.
Of course if you are uncertain then you could book us for a session and see our animals. See what I did there. Cheeky I know. All jokes aside, if you are interested then please feel free to contact us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 020 3372 4300