Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today I went in to purchase a $40 bag of Royal Canin "Special" for my rescue cats with sensitive stomachs. I have come in many times over the past year to purchase food and various other items. About a month ago, I finally got around to setting up a "breeder" account. I can live with the name "breeder" so long as I can get a discount on the food and many items I need for my RESCUES.
When the cashier typed in my number, my account was no longer there, after only having had a little bit of the benefit the "breeders" get. I was told it's a new system and that once again I'll need to contact head office about my "breeder" account. Needless to say, I left empty handed.
I ask you this: How many "breeders" spend over $2000 in one year on their purebred cats and kittens that they receive copious amount of money for when adopted out? How many "breeders" take back their purebred pets if they are no longer wanted, because the owner is moving, or has a child? How many "breeders" actually stay in contact with their adopters to answer questions, help them them with behavioural issues, or heaven forbid, refund the adopter's money if the "purebred" is sick or has a congenital defect?
I can assure you, these "breeders" are far less worthy of a discount than RESCUES. Why is it your company is promoting breeding when there is an overwhelming overpopulation of homeless pets in our cities today? Are you not aware how many PUREBRED pets show up at local Animal Controls? Does this not weigh on your conscience? I imagine not. Is it that you think "breeders" will spend more money at your store? You couldn't be more wrong if it is. I would imagine a reputable breeder wouldn't have more than 3-4 female cats with two litters a year. For arguments sake, let's say 4 females with 2 litters of 5 each in one year. That's 40 kittens plus their 4 females and maybe 1-2 males depending on whether they outsource a stud or not. So hypothetically, they are feeding around 46 cats and kittens in one year. Let's not even get into money made vs. money spent.
Well, here I am, a small, independent, non-profit rescue who is now sitting at having pulled 93 cats and kittens off the street in 10 months. Cats and kittens that people threw away, cats and kittens that were left alone to die, cats and kittens that were subjected to abuse. Those are my "breeders".
So, with everything that I've said here, would you please let me know WHY I have to find the time to contact you yet again to be lumped in with those who contribute to the pet overpopulation, not those who are actually trying to CONTROL it?
And here's some more salt on this festering wound... That $2000 I've spent at your store the past year? It's no longer even associated with my name! Now that's what I call convenient!
I think it's time I took my business elsewhere.
Owner/Operator of Every Life Matters (ELM) Cat Rescue