I just got back from buying rabbit supplies at Petsmart in Whitby and saw these two rabbits displayed for adoption. Jake, the black lionhead and Roy the calico lop. Jake was in good spirits but Roy was absolutely terrified and frozen in fear. I could see in his eyes just how scared he was. They had them on a table at the front of the store where all the traffic is, with people walking by with dogs. Roy had a house to hide it but it was the see-through kind and offered him no place to safely hide.
I asked an employee to get him something else to hide in, and because I have had to ask this on a previous occasion only to return the next day and see nothing was done, I told the girl I wasn't leaving the store until it was done. It was a good thing I didn't leave because when she returned with a box to wrap around one end of the cage she put it on Jake's cage and not Roys! She then got a small towel to put over Roy's cage but it really wasn't large enough to give him privacy but at least it was better than nothing. While I appreciated your employees heeding my advice it still angers me that the rabbits were put in that situation to begin with.
I don't know how anyone can think putting an already scared and stressed prey animal near the front doors is a good idea! And while I understand you are trying to get them adopted, surely if you know anything at all about rabbits you must know that some are just not up for being on public display! How do you expect him to eat and drink when he's too terrified to move?? I urge you both to reconsider which rabbits go on display and where in the store they are placed. And for crying out loud at least get them a proper place to hide from all the loud action going on around them. Jake had nothing at all to hide in! How do you not know that being exposed and terrified like that for 12 hours a day is detrimental to their mental health? Roy needs to be removed from the store asap. He is not suitable for public display!
Gotta love my job! 😅 Overcame my fear of tarantulas today when my co-worker brought hers in.. I had to muster up a crap ton of courage to have her walk on my arm. In the end, she was a very kind and sweet spider! 🕷 But I’ll always have a cow when I see a tiny spider around the house... fyi. #Tarantula#PetSmart#LoveMyJob#PetSmartGroomer#IHaveAMassiveFearOfSpiders