Tips To Set Up A Pet Shop

Buy/Rent a pet store
There are two ways to start your business; one is to buy a shop and other is to acquire a running pet store. In the former case you will have to possess a good knowledge of how to start a new pet shop, the advertising techniques etc. While in the latter case you have a little less to worry about since the shop is already been set up and it must be having its customer base as well. So, you are saved of the tiresome advertising regime and the arduous pet purchasing expedition.

Purchase Pets
In case you choose the latter option, you will be left with this strenuous task of buying pets. It is important to choose the pets wisely. Make sure you do not purchase the pets from some careless breeders. Plus, you have to take care that this expedition does not cost you a way much. So before buying animals, try to find a supplier who is reliable, having good reputation and also provides animals at nominal prices.Buy Other Necessities
Running a pet shop does not mean that you are only supposed to buy animals. But in fact you also have got to buy food for animals, toys, install cages inside your shop plus have to keep essential medicines etc, so keep this aspect in mind as well.

Sound Knowledge Regarding Animals
It is extremely important to possess sound knowledge related to different animals, especially the pets which you are going to purchase and take care of in your pet store. You cannot really take care of animals if you are unaware of their basic needs and requirements, and the diseases they are prone to catch with seasonal changes. Different animals need to be treated in a different way, so it is essential to have proper knowledge about all the animals otherwise you might end up not only putting yourself in trouble but your pets too.Government Rules
Opening a business that deals in livestock is not that easy since you have to comply with the local authorities’ rules and regulations. So, before spending so much money in purchasing the animals, try getting some information regarding the latest rules of livestock businesses.

Apart from these basic things, you definitely need help in running this business, so you have got to hire a few employees. So, assess your pet shop business and budget, and see how many employees you should hire. Finally, advertise your shop, no matter if you have bought a pre-established one, because that will help you enhancing your sales.

Do You Buy Animal Cruelty When You Shop?

Do you buy animal cruelty when you shop?

So, here I am, shopping in my local supermarket. (it doesn’t matter too much where you live in the world, there is not that much difference between supermarkets).

OK. Let’s get it done and get out of here fast!

I should mention at this stage that vegetarian is not cruelty free.

First pass the fruit & veg aisle. So far so good.

Then through the meat aisle. As a vegetarian, I fast forward along here because obviously animals have to be killed to get meat.

Please don’t be taken in by any ‘humane slaughter’ hype. It is misleading in the extreme.

Anyway, there are so many meat analogues such as “Quorn”, “Linda McCartney” etc that I certainly don’t feel like I’m missing out on my meat & gravy fix.

We’re now heading up the chilled aisle.

Oh dear, this is where I really struggle. Milk, margarine, cheese, yoghurt etc.

Margarine is easy to get in dairy-free (vegan) versions but its easy to wrongly assume that products you might initially assume are vegan, are actually not vegan.

For example, some olive spreads contain buttermilk.

I don’t make this mistake now by looking for the Vegan symbol and noting brand name and location for future shops.

Note that product locations can occasionally change but not very often.

I use the brand name technique because this is clearly displayed. That way I can speed-shop without spending valuable time looking at every product.Cheese is becoming a lesser problem for me now due to ongoing taste tests. I love my cheeses, especially blue cheese!

Many cheeses are vegetarian as long as they do not contain rennet, (which is made from the stomach of slaughtered calves).

However, although you don’t have to kill cows, sheep or goats to get the milk, the conditions in which they are farmed is cruel, despite what the adverts imply.

Also when the animal gets past it’s unnatural optimum production it is cruelly slaughtered. They are sent to the same slaughterhouses that meat animals are sent to. These slaughterhouses are terribly cruel and cannot be justified in this day and age. Indeed, during research for my Animal Welfare website, I decided to become a vegetarian as a consequence of what I saw and am now progressing on the way to my ultimate goal of being cruelty free.

So, we are still progressing down the chilled aisle and it is a similar story for yoghurt and all products that contain products derived from an animal.

The good news is we are starting to make progress on cruelty free chilled products.

Take cruelty free cheese for example, despite the fact that one or two cheeses remain that taste awful (think wood filler mixed with vinegar), there are a growing number of cheeses that are surprisingly good according to a growing number of high-profile chefs.

Milk is already well ahead in the cruelty free race. “Alpro” is one of the more established products but my personal favourite is almond milk. Delicious on cornflakes!

It is important to realise that we all have differing tastes and preferences whatever food product we are looking for and this applies just the same with cruelty free products.

Please give animals a chance and try not to make snap decisions that cruelty free products are awful if you happen to initially choose a product not to your liking.

Give a different product a try next time and I’m sure you will find something you’ll really like, (Linda McCartney pies have fooled many meat-eaters!)

So we’ve survived the chilled aisle and not hurt any animals so we can now happily breeze along the washing powder and cleaning products.

Well they don’t kill animals for washing powder do they? Unfortunately yes. It’s called Vivisection and the intention was to make sure that you were not subjected to harmful ingredient reactions by testing these products on trapped animals. Such tests are conducted in the worst scenarios that you could ever possibly imagine.

The way to not hurt animals in these aisles is to look for the leaping bunny logo. You can see what the Leaping Bunny logo looks like on the internet.Be wary of products that state that they have not been tested on animals. That will be true but the ingredients may well have been tested on animals.

The Leaping Bunny logo is provided as an assurance scheme that the product involves no animal cruelty.

The checkout is in sight but we’ve got to pass the freezer aisle where they keep the frozen fish.

Yes, seafood is another area where I really struggle on my path towards cruelty free and I’ve not found an alternative yet so I will have to report on that in future articles.

Then past the medicines aisle. As I said with seafood, this is a tough area and I will have to report back on this issue as well.

As you can see I have a long way to go but I’m steadily climbing the learning curve. There are many helpful resources freely available online. You just need a slight change of mindset to get the most out of them but I promise you its worth the minimal effort.

I have attempted to draw your attention to the adverse effects on animals your shopping may have but there are proven health benefits and significant sustainability issues that can be addressed by following a cruelty free lifestyle.

So, next time you shop remember that it is a win-win situation when you start on the road to cruelty free.

Animal Abuse – Help Stop it While You Shop!

Charities that seek to save and protect animals are often grossly underfunded. Many of them rely solely on donations, without which more and more animals are left mistreated or neglected. I wanted to make a difference by contributing a donation of my own. A simple search for “charity animals” yielded over 9 million results on Google.

The list was exhausting. To make matters worse, I found that many of the organizations didn’t even accept individual donations, only membership. These memberships cost an exorbitant amount that is, sadly, beyond my price range, much as I would love to contribute so much to such a vital cause. Searches for “pet donations” and “animal help” only yielded similar results. Finally, I searched “pet give” and discovered from the very first link provided a simple and reasonable way to help the animals. Instead of outright donations, I could donate money to charitable organizations benefiting animals simply by shopping online. Each time I purchased an item, a charitable organization of my choice would receive a check.It was wonderful to find that these online shopping and donating sites allow you to choose your own charity, ensuring that all the money I helped contribute would go toward animal protection. I thought that choosing a charity would be no problem, since I had already hoped to help mistreated pets and animals. But the list of participating charities supporting animals was much more extensive than I had anticipated. Most of these sites only allow you to choose just one charity, a task that proves quite difficult since each seems more worthy than the next. Each time I visited a charitable site, my heart was instantly warmed. Many feature stories of animal maltreatment by detailing individual experiences. Seeing the faces of those helpless animals right next to their own personal tales of horror was very affecting and moved me to register on more than one site. In most cases, registering was easier than I had anticipated; only requiring a name, email address, and password. The system itself was effortless, too.

All I had to do was shop, and the store automatically reported it back to the online shopping donation site with which I had registered that particular charity. I confirmed that the charity received a check from the site soon after.

At first, I had reservations about registering on these sites, expecting to find only a few local participating stores. In fact, I thought that the only stores that would register to make a contribution to animal protection and rescue organizations were those affiliated with animals, like those selling animals or pet supplies. Instead, to my surprise, most of these donation sites offered an extensive, wide-ranging list of participating stores, including Barnes & Noble and Best Buy. I was so excited to start shopping and donating that it was a bit of a disappointment to find that these sites only offer donations with online purchases. Of course, if I’m going to shop online anyways, why not turn each online shopping spree into charity? If these donation sites can make shopping a selfless experience, I’m all for it.I was also surprised to find that the percentage donated with each purchase was more significant than I had expected. Granted, some stores offer only minimal donations with every purchase, but overall I found the stores to be quite generous. Some sites even offer the additional bonus of exclusive coupons for participating stores, making me more inclined to shop there at all.

All in all, online shopping and donating sites are a great way to donate money to save animals. It’s so important that these animals receive our aid and what better way to give it than by shopping online?