Petco Ends Rabbit Sales

Daphne Reid
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San Diego, California (Dec 11th, 2008)

From January 1st 2009 the national retailer Petco will cease selling rabbits and instead only facilitate adoptions.

Petco Ends Rabbit Sales

Petco currently works with rabbit groups in several areas to provide in-store rabbit adoptions, and now wants to expand that effort. In recent years, about a third of the company's nearly 950 stores have offered neutered rabbits for sale, and the company is phasing out rabbit sales in favor of adoptions. Announced in a press release on November 17th, the change will be welcomed by rabbit adoption groups.

"Moving to an all-adoption approach with rabbits is the right thing to do. We believe it's good for the animals, good for our business and is consistent with our Think Adoption First philosophy in which we encourage prospective pet parents to consider adopting an animal rather than purchasing one," Petco CEO Jim Myers said. "Rabbits are great companion animals, and we believe Petco can play a pivotal role in partnering with animal-welfare groups to connect responsible pet parents with happy, healthy neutered rabbits through in-store adoptions nationwide."

Petco already has relationships with about 70 rabbit adoption groups across the nation and the company is also communicating with the national House Rabbit Society to build additional relationships with local chapters and affiliates.

"We're thrilled with the success of our relationship with our current rabbit group partners in providing forever homes for more and more rabbits. We look forward to reaching out to expand our network of relationships with other groups across the country. By working together - local rescue groups, PETCO and the PETCO Foundation - we can do great things on behalf of homeless rabbits," Petcovice president of animal care Marcie Whichard said.

This news story is independently sourced and does not specifically endorse products or services offered by any company referenced in this article, or benefit from any association with any companies referenced.

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I beleive spay/neutering rabbits is the best you can do for them. When you spay or neuter a rabbit, the become less aggresive, and live a longer happier life.I beleive that rabbits should be spayed and neutered so that they do not develop reproductive cancers and deseases or reproduce so that more rabbits would wind up being dumped off somewhere or even be used as expiraments.Save lives! spay and neuter!
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neuter shcmeuter!! I am totally against neutering cus i believe it's unnnatural! I have been a rabbit owner for as long as i can remember and all of them have been unneutered bucks which all lived long, healthy lives! My petcos (there are two in my city) have never even sold rabbits anyhow and i only shop there if i absolutely have to...I've always purchased my bucks from my local petshop and have never had any problems w/ any of them as they've all been very sweet and gentle-contrary to what you may have heard-I think you should judge for yourself!! looks like I have another reason not to shop at petco and to keep going to the petshop for my bunnies!!
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I applaud PETCO. Now we have stop rabbit experimentation, get our rabbits spayed/neutered, stop breeding for 'Pedigree' rabbit shows, raising rabbits for meat & fur.
Rabbits are the 3rd most popular pets now. I have had cats, guinea pigs & dogs, but my rabbits by far are the most wonderful animals.