Okay, so in my town we have two pet shops. Petco, and a smaller local pet store. The smaller store has move for sale and feeders and other mice for sale as pets. Then they have rats for sale as pets which they specifically say "pets only" and they don't sell rats as feeders..unless of course someone bought a rat sneakily as a feeder then they couldn't really do anything about it, but they don't sell any of their rats to be used as food and they specifically state that they are for pets only. Also, we have a breeder in our area and that is where this store gets their rats. They will also sometimes buy rats from people who come in and have had unexpected litters or something, as long as the rats are healthy. I have always gotten my rats here (except Rarity, my double Rex, who was given to me as a gift from my father who lives out of my state.) and have never really had any major Health issues until Anya got pneumonia and ling cancer and passed away at age two. One of the rats who was bought at this store lived for nearly 7 years with no major health issues or even showing signs of a uri or anything.
They do keep their rats in tanks which isn't good at all, but they handle them often, feed them lab blocks and give them fresh treats sometimes, use carefresh bedding, and they have fresh food and water and a clean cage every time I have gone in there.
And the rats always look happy, playful, and healthy. I know pet store rats aren't the best, but would anyone else agree that this place does at least semi-decent job with their rats?
-Rats are my life-