In my town, we have two places to get small animals and birds. Petco, and a local pet shop. A few days ago, I got a super pet deluxe habitat as a temporary cage for the two boys I got from the same pet shop. The owners of the small shop are close friends of my entire family, and they get all their animals as rescued and from out of state individually owned breeders. After quickly learning that without building any shelves or a new too for the cage, it would be restricted on toys to hang, and cleaning would be a hassle. So, I went out today to find a larger, nicer cage for my boys, without spending 50+ on shipping to Alaska. On my quest, I wandered into petco to see if they Carried anything better. Stopping by the small mammals, I was surprised to see not one rat. A couple hamsters, guineapigs and ferrets, but not a rat. A woman was filling a lower tank (rather atrociously) with mice, and I stopped to ask her. What she said surprised me. Petco wasn't carrying rats or rat products anymore, as they weren't even bought as feeders. Eventually they would grow too old, and petco would bring them to the animal shelter or simply let them loose. As I am glad that they are no longer treating rats harshly, I'm just thinking of all the other animals in the shop who are treated terribly.