Now, I know how the majority feel about buying dogs/cats from a pet store... but, to you, does the same apply to small animals, such as rats and mice, snakes and birds, etc. etc..? Our very first pets were rats and we were not at all knowledgeable about pet store animals and we had been looking a local pet store. I had asked them if the male and female rats were housed together and they said yes which led me to ask if they could guarantee that the females could not be pregnant and they could not... so I ran our of there.. and FAST. It was appalling to me. (This store also had dogs and bunnies and occasionally cats, but the cats were from local rescues). Anyways... we ended up adopting two male rats from a woman who had bought her children two rats from a store- and one ended up being pregnant. So she found homes for all of the babies... she didn't charge, but she made sure that everyone had appropriate set-ups, etc.. I try to NOT support any pet store that sells any type of animals... whether it be cats, dogs, birds, snakes, lizards, mice, rates, etc..etc. There are responsible breeders of these animals as well. When I have to buy from Petsmart, I do so grudgingly. Thoughts?