The goal of #SmallPetRespect is to encourage current and potential owners of small pets to become more educated on the animals they care for.
By tweeting facts and advice, we’ll destroy some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the smallest of our companions.
When it comes to animals like birds (particularly budgies and cockatiels), small mammals, rodents, reptiles, fish (bettas need special mention), amphibians, arachnids, etc, many are picked up on a whim without proper prior research. Many of these animals are cheaply obtained at chain pet stores.
To make matters worse, many enclosures, tanks, cages, and habitats sold in pet stores are not suitable for the animals they are marketed for.
Many animals wind up mistreated due to ignorance and a prevailing attitude that such pets are disposable. It’s time to change that.
Do you share your home with a small pet? What would you say to someone looking into owning one? You can join the conversation on Twitter and Tumblr by tagging #SmallPetRespect.
Share stories, wisdom learned, facts, resources, advice and more. Please signal boost! Help us show that though they are small, all pets deserve respect.
This is important.
This is why I called both the Petco local store and corporate management when I saw they were keeping 20+ budgies in a relatively small cage with NO CUTTLEBONE AND NO TOYS AT ALL.
I hope to go back soon in person to see if it is fixed and if it is not I will complain in person.
I miss my budgie (Ophelia) so much. She developed crop cancer and had to be put down but god we had the best of times. She had a huge cage and tons of toys and most of her time was outside of cage on my shoulder and perches on my desk and god I can’t believe people don’t interact with their birds that much.