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Old 08-23-2011, 09:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I agree with everyone who thinks the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. If the store does get its animals (hedgies included) from mills, chances are this will never change. I really don't think working for the store directly supports this practice at all. If anything, you will just be helping to educate people so that they can provide the animals leaving the store with the best lives possible. There's nothing wrong with that.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well...you have been wanting to foster hedgies... this is a good way to do it without spending any of your own money!

I'm excited for you for the new job. Let us know how it's going.



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Old 08-23-2011, 11:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think its a great idea to work there .. you could educate co workers, customers and even management and maybe even higher up by being there and telling them what you have learned and know.. it could cause a good change in the store and even if people are buying the pets coming from mills, its still an animal's life we are talking about and customers will have a better chance of leaving with good information on how to take better care of them when you are there to help them... over the summer i stopped at a pet store and saw some hedgies.. the girl working and i got to talking and i told her a few small things they were doing wrong with them and she was eager to fix the errors and really appreciative that i spoke up to her.. i think the biggest issue with pet stores is usually ignorance more so than intentional neglect. the more people who have done research speak up and try to help change the state of these places the better! maybe one day we can walk into pet stores and only see happy well cared for animals, but it wont happen unless people keep trying to fix it. i am really excited for you, hope you get the job!!
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hello all! So basically, the manager isn't in until Monday... so I am going to go hand in my CV then. I spoke to one of the workers there, and she was like, "YOU'RE THE HEDGEHOG GIRL"

I also applied to a pet supplies store which sells holistic dog/cat foods (no animals sold there, they work in partnership with rescues/shelters though)... and I got an interview there...

So what should I do? Should I go for the pet store if they still want to hire me? I mean, I would still be helping the animals... or should I go work at the pet supplies store which is already pretty much doing everything "right"?

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I've never had a job search be this stressful before! >_<
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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What a tough choice!

If I were you, I would work at the pet store. It's apparent that they don't have enough knowledge when it comes to some of their animals, which is why you working there would be so great for all those hedgies. You'll get to handle them, and probably other super cute animals, and help educate not only the people you work with, but customers as well. You can direct them all here.

I definitely see what's making the decision hard for you. A part of me would feel guilty for choosing a pet store job over the pet SUPPLIES store... but it really comes down to the fact that you not working at the pet store won't make the store close. Maybe you could work there, but continue shopping for your animals at places you respect more? To balance out your ju ju?

Tough call, friend. Follow your heart on this one. Brains get in the way sometimes
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:21 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I second everything Hanhan27 said Every single word. So true. Good luck Shaelikestaquitos!
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Honestly, I've probably gotten about ten hedgehogs off of commercial hedgehog food. I've saved one from a UTI and taught the people in the store and customers how to better care for their pets. Pebble in the pond. Knowledge is power and if you take that job I'm sure you'll love it because I sure as heck LOVE my job. I am able to give animals good homes and I always always ALWAYS make sure that the people buying the pets aren't buying on a whim. Which in most cases end up with animals having to be rehomed or surrendered to the SPCA. You can help break a cycle of homeless pets by making sure these people know what they are getting into, and educating them on care and such.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:36 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I agree with everyone, I mean obviously things like pay and hours are going to be important for your livelihood but if you can choose the pet store over the other you can help make a difference.
Also, good luck with your interview!
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