How to Buy Pets

Shopping for an exotic pet?

The journey for a wild animal in the exotic pet trade is cruel – and often deadly. Either poached from the wild or bred in captivity on a farm, these animals are shipped long distances and taken to countries vastly different from their original homes. Many exotic pets suffocate and die in transit before they even reach their final destination. 


Join thousands of Canadians taking a stand against the exotic pet trade. Together, we can reduce the acceptability of owning exotic pets. Enter your details below to pledge.

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This campaign is part of our efforts to end the suffering of wild animals that are poached from the wild or bred in captivity to be traded as pets. We hope our research helps you make choices on your next pet before you buy one. 

Help us keep wild animals in their natural habitats where they belong by joining our pledge to never buy an exotic pet.

Still, have your heart set on an exotic pet? Read on.

Up to 66% of African grey parrots who have been poached from the wild or the exotic pet trade will die in transit.

35% of zoonotic diseases in humans are known to be linked to exotic pets.

A high number of pet snakes, lizards and tortoises die within the first year in the home. 

45% of exotic pet owners are unaware that their pet is considered wildlife.

How to buy: Pets

More than 60% of UK households are home to some kind of pet, but despite our celebrated love of animals, the RSPCA picks up around 150,000 discarded pets a year. So what are we doing wrong when it comes to choosing a suitable pet?

The allure of a pet is a large part of the problem. For many, the appeal is companionship, and a loved pet often becomes an equal member of a family. It is also proven that pets are good for our health – doctors often allow dogs and cats to visit patients in the hospital. They help to lower blood pressure, can reduce stress and many make sure that we maintain a basic routine of exercise. All this sounds positive, but sadly, many people fail to see beyond the face of an adorable puppy or kitten and forget what a huge commitment to owning a pet can be.


People saving pets

At PetSmart, we believe in the power of pet adoption. That’s why we never sell dogs or cats. Together with PetSmart Charities ®, we help save over 1,300 pets a day through adoption.