Alan's Pet Shops

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I am a long time rat owner of over 6 years now and am appalled by the way this store handles their animals.
When I was first calling around for local stores, I noticed the rarity of bucks in the area, so when I found a store that had them, I jumped on the opportunity. The guy who runs this place is very pushy when he talks and reminds me sorely of a desperate car salesman.
I couldnt believe my eyes. I know the guys probably runs the place all by himself, but it is so filthy in there that I dont know how he's still in business. All the merchandise is covered in cob webs and dust. If I hadnt already had some at home, I would have needed to go to another store for a cage and accessories.
I walked back with him to where he keeps the rats and I just instantly felt pity. I originally only came in for one, but seeing how they were all crammed together, I couldnt help myself and ended up taking two. The animals in that room are all kept in aquariums, which any rat owner knows is not good for air circulation. The bedding in these tanks was so brown it looked more like tree bark than wood shavings. If you only have one rat, you might be able to get away with a tank, but he had 20 or more in each 10 gallon tank! They were literally crawling all over each other.
The whole time I am looking at these poor animals, the man is telling me about how they are all hand raised and talking down the corporate stores, saying that I wont find better rats anywhere else. Looking at their conditions, I'd have to say the bigger stores are better. At least the ones there get clean bedding and spacious living conditions.
He didnt let me look and chose which ones I wanted myself. He picked them up for me, which was annoying cause I wanted to touch them myself and see how they reacted. He may hand raise them, but he treats them like the bigger stores do. He picked them up BY THEIR TAILS! which can cause permanent and serious damage.
I told him I wanted two boys since I already had a boy at home. I got two that were around the same age. Maybe 2 months if that. I didnt want some of the older ones cause at that age, there was a chance that I wasn't going to be able to win them back over from their stresses of that place.
He picked them up by their tails and put them in a cardboard box. not a actual carrying box, but just a regular box from shipping or something. Before he handed it to me, he covered it with packing tape. The only place for them to get any fresh air was the little overlap in the middle of the pieces and he covered that with tape! He didnt poke holes in the top or anything.
He then went on to try and sell me his "special blend" of food. i tried to tell him numerous times that i already had plenty of food from the rats i had at home, but talking to him is like talking to a wall. he put his "blend" on the counter and rung it up anyway. What he was feeding them was, no lie, cracked corn and sunflower seeds. nothing more.
i hastily left the store, with the food i didnt want, and ripped the tape off the box as soon as i got in the car. i have had one of the rats for almost a month now and it is barely taking a liking to me. it still runs away and i have to force it to take a bath. it still wont take food from me and hides whenever possible. the other one, i actually had to take back because it wasnt a male. I started seeing nipples. I called this guy to tell him that I needed to bring her back because I cant have a female in with the males, and so close to maturity, she was dangerously close to being fertile and I didnt want that on my hands. The guy told me he would take it back. i wanted to exchange the girl for a male, but he insisted that he didnt have any in the age group i needed. i was even willing to take one a month or two older, but he insisted that he didnt have anything and that i should come back later in the month. when i first walked into the store, he was helping people with fish, so i walked back to the rat pen myself. there were clearly other rats in there. there were just as many as before, so i highly doubt they were ALL sold to someone else already. either way, i had to give up the girl, which was his mistake to begin with, and walked away out the money and food I spent on her the last month.
he not only has rats and fish, but birds, reptiles, and a number of other rodents and amphibians. The conditions are no better for one species or another. They are all kept crowded, or isolated, in dirty cramped living conditions. As much as it pains me to know these poor animals are going to suffer, I cant save them all, and am not going back later this month.

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I am a long time rat owner of over 6 years now and am appalled by the way this store handles their animals.
When I was first calling around for local stores, I noticed the rarity of bucks in the area, so when I found a store that had them, I jumped on the opportunity. The guy who runs this place is very pushy when he talks and reminds me sorely of a desperate car salesman.
I couldnt believe my eyes. I know the guys probably runs the place all by himself, but it is so filthy in there that I dont know how he's still in business. All the merchandise is covered in cob webs and dust. If I hadnt already had some at home, I would have needed to go to another store for a cage and accessories.
I walked back with him to where he keeps the rats and I just instantly felt pity. I originally only came in for one, but seeing how they were all crammed together, I couldnt help myself and ended up taking two. The animals in that room are all kept in aquariums, which any rat owner knows is not good for air circulation. The bedding in these tanks was so brown it looked more like tree bark than wood shavings. If you only have one rat, you might be able to get away with a tank, but he had 20 or more in each 10 gallon tank! They were literally crawling all over each other.
The whole time I am looking at these poor animals, the man is telling me about how they are all hand raised and talking down the corporate stores, saying that I wont find better rats anywhere else. Looking at their conditions, I'd have to say the bigger stores are better. At least the ones there get clean bedding and spacious living conditions.
He didnt let me look and chose which ones I wanted myself. He picked them up for me, which was annoying cause I wanted to touch them myself and see how they reacted. He may hand raise them, but he treats them like the bigger stores do. He picked them up BY THEIR TAILS! which can cause permanent and serious damage.
I told him I wanted two boys since I already had a boy at home. I got two that were around the same age. Maybe 2 months if that. I didnt want some of the older ones cause at that age, there was a chance that I wasn't going to be able to win them back over from their stresses of that place.
He picked them up by their tails and put them in a cardboard box. not a actual carrying box, but just a regular box from shipping or something. Before he handed it to me, he covered it with packing tape. The only place for them to get any fresh air was the little overlap in the middle of the pieces and he covered that with tape! He didnt poke holes in the top or anything.
He then went on to try and sell me his "special blend" of food. i tried to tell him numerous times that i already had plenty of food from the rats i had at home, but talking to him is like talking to a wall. he put his "blend" on the counter and rung it up anyway. What he was feeding them was, no lie, cracked corn and sunflower seeds. nothing more.
i hastily left the store, with the food i didnt want, and ripped the tape off the box as soon as i got in the car. i have had one of the rats for almost a month now and it is barely taking a liking to me. it still runs away and i have to force it to take a bath. it still wont take food from me and hides whenever possible. the other one, i actually had to take back because it wasnt a male. I started seeing nipples. I called this guy to tell him that I needed to bring her back because I cant have a female in with the males, and so close to maturity, she was dangerously close to being fertile and I didnt want that on my hands. The guy told me he would take it back. i wanted to exchange the girl for a male, but he insisted that he didnt have any in the age group i needed. i was even willing to take one a month or two older, but he insisted that he didnt have anything and that i should come back later in the month. when i first walked into the store, he was helping people with fish, so i walked back to the rat pen myself. there were clearly other rats in there. there were just as many as before, so i highly doubt they were ALL sold to someone else already. either way, i had to give up the girl, which was his mistake to begin with, and walked away out the money and food I spent on her the last month.
he not only has rats and fish, but birds, reptiles, and a number of other rodents and amphibians. The conditions are no better for one species or another. They are all kept crowded, or isolated, in dirty cramped living conditions. As much as it pains me to know these poor animals are going to suffer, I cant save them all, and am not going back later this month.

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I've never written a bad review before, but I feel very strongly about the responsible keeping of birds - highly intelligent, long lived animals, who exist in giant social groups with unlimited space in the wild. The way people treat birds on average - buying a single budgie, or a beautiful "show piece" macaw to have in a cage alone, for it's multi-decade life would be considered criminal for a dog or cat. Yet, parrots are typically sold this way, and compared to the cats and dogs we protect, are incredibly more intelligent, capable of language, problem solving, and using tools.

So why ramble on about birds? Well I have no issues with fish and reptiles, and rodents being kept in small cages, and whatnot. They are too stupid to feel bored, and are being fed and kept warm etc. But the birds in that store were being kept in a room with no circulation, and the cages were literally encrusted with filth. There were actual cobwebs in several of the cages IN USE. This store has no right to sell birds, and should be ashamed of the uneducated way in which they were being kept. I too have reported it to the humane society.

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I've never written a bad review before, but I feel very strongly about the responsible keeping of birds - highly intelligent, long lived animals, who exist in giant social groups with unlimited space in the wild. The way people treat birds on average - buying a single budgie, or a beautiful "show piece" macaw to have in a cage alone, for it's multi-decade life would be considered criminal for a dog or cat. Yet, parrots are typically sold this way, and compared to the cats and dogs we protect, are incredibly more intelligent, capable of language, problem solving, and using tools.

So why ramble on about birds? Well I have no issues with fish and reptiles, and rodents being kept in small cages, and whatnot. They are too stupid to feel bored, and are being fed and kept warm etc. But the birds in that store were being kept in a room with no circulation, and the cages were literally encrusted with filth. There were actual cobwebs in several of the cages IN USE. This store has no right to sell birds, and should be ashamed of the uneducated way in which they were being kept. I too have reported it to the humane society.

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Great store! I get all my animal needs taken care of at Alan's, including precious food for my snake-Boa Constrictor. Great fish suplies! Alan is always friendly, interested, knowledgable, and a pleasure to deal with.

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Great store! I get all my animal needs taken care of at Alan's, including precious food for my snake-Boa Constrictor. Great fish suplies! Alan is always friendly, interested, knowledgable, and a pleasure to deal with.

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I went in to buy some food on a whim...I walked in the back and saw tanks full of rats piled on top of one another. There was no room in there for them to even move. I'm not sure if those rats will be used for feeding reptiles, but still...while they're alive, they should be treated and kept humanely. I've reported him to the Humane Society twice and nothing has changed. I guess they consider that humane.

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I went in to buy some food on a whim...I walked in the back and saw tanks full of rats piled on top of one another. There was no room in there for them to even move. I'm not sure if those rats will be used for feeding reptiles, but still...while they're alive, they should be treated and kept humanely. I've reported him to the Humane Society twice and nothing has changed. I guess they consider that humane.

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