Following is an e-mail sent out by Jason Gram of Pets Paradise, 14 June 2012, to happy customers:
“A restaurant conversation, Pets Paradise.
If you’re having dinner in a restaurant and the topic of your pet comes up, you may wonder what to say if some lady looks down their nose at you and says, “Oooh, I would never buy a pet from a pet shop. Lots of theirs are from puppy farms and then end up in the pound.”
Have a sip of your wine, savour it and then you can tell her the truth –
- “Actually Jane, only 15% of dogs in Australia have come from pet stores (85% come from breeders and internet). And, as pet store advice matches pets to family conditions, there’s are less likely to end up in a pound than one sourced anywhere else.”
- “Pets Paradise in Hornsby actually volunteer for the rehoming of rescue animals from the public, vets and animal shelters.”
- “Pets Paradise in Hornsby has a policy Elizabeth (in writing and in the window) of never buying off puppy farms.
Again, I hope your pet is wonderful and is getting (and giving) plenty of love in your home.
Jason Gram (Pets Paradise) “
That’s very sweet Jason. Here is our very own Deathrowpets version of the scene:
A restaurant conversation with Pets Paradise…..
If you’re having dinner in a restaurant and the topic of your pet comes up, you may wonder what to say if some PR person from Pets Paradise looks down their nose at you and says, “Oooh, did you know that……
- ………..only 15% of dogs in Australia have come from pet stores (85% come from breeders and internet). And, as pet store advice matches pets to family conditions, they are less likely to end up in a pound than one sourced anywhere else.”
Have a sip of your wine, savour it and then you can tell him the truth –
“Actually Jason, I don’t think you have a clue do you? You just parrot the same old statistics that you and your type have been fed by the pet industry.
If you want to quote statistics then you should understand where they came from. In fact the oft –quoted figure of “only 15% of dogs in Australia (what the whole of Australia?) have come from pet stores, actually comes from old, statistically invalid voluntary surveys of extremely small populations, 424 in one case, and 1608 in the other. Oh, here they are, Jason, I keep them to hand in my handbag, just for cases like this, when I meet people who are speaking out of their rear end…..”
“Sale of pets through pet shops” Appendix 1 Pet acquisition by source
Victoria – 424 respondents to a voluntary survey
About 8% of cats and about 10% of dogs were obtained from pet shops From Toukhatsi SR, Coleman GJ and Bennett PB 2005 “Final Report for the project: Community attitudes and behaviours towards cats” Animal Welfare Science Centre, Dept Psychology, Monash University, for the Bureau of Animal Welfare, Victoria.
Sale of Pets through Pet Shops Page 7 of 9 12/21/2007
Victoria – voluntary survey of 1608 pet owners
About 9% of cats and 14% of dogs were obtained from pet shops. From Pawsey C 2005 “Pet Acquisition Survey” Bureau of Animal Welfare, DPI Vic
Sale of Pets through Pet Shops Page 8 of 9 12/21/2007
“So Jason, if you actually believe that such a tiny survey proves your sad case, and that everyone will believe you, I suggest you have another bottle of that vino you seem to enjoy and perhaps think of another career you might enjoy.
Personally Jason, I don’t have a problem with pet shops – I and my friends have to buy our pets’ supplies from somewhere, but my dear, please understand that I will only ever spend my money in stores that don’t sell live animals, along with my very many friends who do understand the game you boys play.
Oh, by the way, Jason, I have another card here with a letter sent to me earlier this year, by a concerned lady:
“About a year ago my daughter was at our local shopping centre (Hornsby) she rang me very distressed about a puppy in the window of Pets Paradise who looked so sad and had been reduced in price from $800 down to $400, she believed that he could have been sold to anyone because he wasn’t terribly pretty. The puppy was a Pug x Shih Tzu. My daughter asked if she bought him would I rehome him. I agreed to her buying him for me to rehome, the puppy had all of his vet work done and was rehomed by me to a lovely family along with a little Maltese female.”
And I have lots more letters like this in our little album on the shelf!
So you see, Jason, not only is the Hornsby store ACTUALLY volunteering for the rescuing of animals, they also ACTUALLY provide pets to rescue.
It’s a strange world isn’t it Jason?
There is you trying to your job as hard as you can, and there are the “other people” out there trying to thwart your every move. Life must seem so unfair to you Hmm? I can tell you that “they” are not impressed with Pets Paradise NEVER buying from puppy farms, because “they” know that no reputable breeder would ever sell their puppies and kittens to pet shops. OH.., so if it’s not puppy farms… it must be ….Back Yard Breeders! I’m so very glad we have resolved that little mystery Jason.
The other little mystery I’d love to resolve is to know where PP ACTUALLY volunteer to rehome needy animals? That would be a very good PR move for you Jason, because I have been told that “they” say that no rescue group would ever ACTUALLY work with your wonderful organisation. Do please put us out of our misery, we would love to know.
Anyway, please do reply. I have so enjoyed our little chat.
Bye for now…. Jane
PS:….. “as pet store advice matches pets to family conditions”…really Jason!!! You are so funny!!! Do remind me to send you one day the report we have from an undercover person working in one of your Stores!