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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy on bringing new pets into your home

It is extremely important to research any decision about a new pet. Learn about the animal's diet, necessary mineral or vitamin supplements, life span in captivity, adult size, potential health problems and associated vet bills, habitat requirements including temperature, dimensions, humidity, and accessories, such as hides, toys, perches, water bowls, rocks, etc.  Other things to consider are whether this particular companion animal enjoys being handled, how the pet may get along with other members of the household (including other pets), and how much time proper care requires.

Our philosophy on adoptions

We encourage adoption over purchase.  Almost every pet imaginable is available through refuges and rescues (see our rescue links); and there are so many needing homes.  If you must purchase an animal, please be sure to contact a reputable breeder with a known track record.  Usually, it is most prudent not to support the sale of animals at pet stores - going straight to a breeder is not only cheaper, but good breeders also offer health guarantees, supply lineage information, provide customer service, can give references, and supply appropriate husbandry information.  Please, never take an animal from the wild.  We ask that you honor and respect all animals in their native habitats.

Our philosophy on education

We believe that you never stop learning and never should.  Using various sources, such as the online forums and articles, books, magazines, friends, classes, seminars, and friends of friends can enrich both your and your companion animal's life.  We recommend using more than one source when researching anything from animal care to building enclosures.  There will always be contradictory advice out there; so take everything with a grain of salt and bounce ideas off of other animal lovers.

We also recommend early education to help avoid the pitfalls of stereotypes.  This applies to both young animal lovers wanting to learn about various species and to adults learning about an animal before acquiring one.

Our philosophy on who is responsible for an animal's care

Many parents grant their child's wishes for a pet, whether it be a dog, cat, hamster, guinea pig, hermit crab, or snake.  Lucky kid!  Some of these parents wish to teach their child responsibility through caring for an animal.  And while this is a wonderful goal, in the end, it is really the parents' responsibility to care properly for any companion animal.  With adult supervision, children can feed, water, walk, brush, clean up after, or bathe an animal.  Please don't leave all care up to the child and blame him/her when life gets in the way.  Even adults are prone to lose interest in an animal after the honeymoon period.  People under the age of 20 can not realistically be expected to maintain months of devotion and attention to an animal.  Life changes so much, from month to month, throughout childhood and adolescence.  When granting a child's wish, please don't set up unrealistic expectations and doom him/her to failure.

Remember, all pets are family pets.

For information about how our philosophy pervades our Rent-a-Reptile program, see Our thoughts on Rent-a-Reptile.

For questions or comments on any of our philosophies, please email Melissa.