It’s a good line of enquiry and a very easy way to see if it’s a suitable purchase. If you are looking to buy a new pet, the answer is no, and that’s because buying a pet is a fairly easy process. You just go thepet shop, select the pet you want, and you’re done. For example you can choose a greyhound which is less likely to be stolen than a dog, buy the greyhound, walk with it for 4 hours, and collect it at 4 am. That’s basically the process. Some people prefer to do the walk in the afternoon, as this means that you’ll get to see the greyhound before it’s even on sale. The only exception is that greyhounds, greyhounds in the UK, are often advertised with a “deliver from your home” option – so they can be left outside your house to be picked up in some cases.
The only question is whether the pet sells for more than the cost. The prices vary depending on where the animal is purchased. Some are free (for example, the Greyhound Association website). Other items may cost around £200 or more, such as a dog bed (often over £6000) or a dog collars.
What the buyer receives is usually nothing of value, but often it’s a lot closer to that than you’d think as the animals have been treated in some cases without any medical treatment whatsoever. There is no guarantee of anything. There is usually no vet check, and no medical checks. It’s all done by the store. Some sellers will give the buyer a receipt which is a statement of care that describes exactly how much was spent on treating the animal. These receipts are rarely used as they are normally just given out to the staff to take home and pass on to you.
Some pet shops sell their items as pets themselves. There’s a very specific meaning to the term “pets”, although they are often not used to describe something that is not owned by either owner. In fact, most animal dealers will only sell items if the person who bought them is the same person who will use them for a long time. This is called a ‘trademeaning’.
All pet stores must have a strict code of practice (the Code of Practice) which must be followed by everyone, including those they deal with and those they sell to. That’s because many of these animals come from zoos or prisons where there is less regulation, making it easier for