Selling Pets The Right Way

    We pride ourselves on being the most ethical pet stores in the UK. Animal welfare is our top priority and we have a number of policies in place to ensure the wellbeing of our animals - before, during and after their time with us.

    Think twice!

    Buying a pet is a big decision for anyone to make. At Pets Corner we do everything we can to make sure our animals go to the very best of homes with the best care and welfare advice possible.

    For the sake of the animal, if you are not 100% sure that you or your children will be able to give a pet the attention, care and lifestyle it needs, then please don't buy one.

    Supporting responsible pet ownership

    When selling you a pet we take great care to make sure you're fully prepared for pet parenthood, so please be prepared for it to take a while!

    Ethical British Breeders*

    Some people don't approve of pets being sold in pet stores. We think it's better for us to use our reputation as one of the UK's leading pet retailers to ensure that pets are bred ethically and humanely.

    We demand a higher standard of care from our breeders so we pay more for our animals than other chains of pet shops (e.g we pay £30 for a rabbit which we sell for £36 which is just adding the VAT.) Our customers can be sure that they aren't funding low cost battery breeding or cheap Eastern European imports.

    We use small family breeders, usually local to our stores. This enables us to have a good rapport and get to know our breeders on a personal level. We are able to understand their practices and support them and their animals.

    Before we will consider buying livestock, we visit all breeders and check their facilities to ensure they meet our strict criteria.

    All of our pets are sold with a birth certificate which means we can guarantee and trace your pet's origin.

    We never buy animals from auction, or from battery breeders who don't treat their animals properly.


    Our breeders sign a contract which, amongst other things, guarantees:

    • Veterinary advice and assistance must be sought at onset of all symptoms of illness. Euthanasia is an absolute last resort after all other treatment routes have failed.
    • All animals must have constant access to fresh, clean water and be fed a species suitable, nutritional diet including fresh vegetables and hay where appropriate.
    • Animals must be housed in a clean, spacious and well ventilated area
    • Animals must be handled and exercised in accordance with their individual needs
    • In-breeding is prohibited.
    • Animals must not be bred from until an appropriate age for their species and an adequate rest period should be granted before attempting to breed again.
    • Animals that have become too old to breed from must be cared for (not euthanised) and where possible, rehomed as pets.

    Pets have parents too


    We really care about the parents of the pets that we sell and their quality of life must always be considered. Through the Ethical Breeder programme we have set standards on the number of litters they produce, longer rest periods in between litters, as well as a suggested age at which each species should be retired from breeding.

    To be a Pets Corner Ethical Breeder you must agree to care for the breeding stock once they have reached retirement.

    All of our breeders retire their breeding animals and keep them as pets in special Pets Corner Retirement Areas (or where appropriate rehome them) allowing them to live out their days in love and comfort.

    For some other breeders it's considered normal practice to have their breeding stock put to sleep when they are no longer 'of use'.

    Proper Healthcare

    If one of our pets becomes ill - even if it’s just the sniffles - we take them straight to the vet for thorough treatment.

    Some pet stores will have their 'stock' put down rather than pay costly vet bills, or send them back to the breeder to suffer the same fate. We do not condone unnecessary euthanasia and do everything in our power to nurse poorly pets back to health.

    We love our pets

    They all get daily exercise, grooming and cuddles**. Our reptiles also enjoy being pampered with regular water baths and sprays.

    Our animal units are kept spick and span. We take pride in providing our animals with species appropriate enriching environments, including toys.

    Our staff get to know their personalities and quirks. Ask them who likes broccoli the most or who is the last one to get out of bed in the morning! Does your pet shop know their pets that well?

    a poorly animal is not just 'an inconvenience to be dealt with' WE ALWAYS do everything in our power to nurse them back to health WITH THE BEST VETERINARY CARE.

    Sex Guaranteed

    Sex Guaranteed

    Unlike many other pet shops, our staff have to complete and pass our comprehensive animal husbandry and sexing course before they can sell any pets.

    This is why we are the only pet shops to guarantee the sex of the mammals we sell.

    (Species dependent, includes all mammals)

    Pets Need Space

    Based on recommendations from the RSPCA and Blue Cross, we have minimum cage and hutch sizes for pets. Other pet shops may be happy selling cramped cages and hutches, but we will refuse to sell you a pet unless you can assure us that you will provide it with the space it needs.

    Pets Need Space


    *All our mammals are British bred, some reptiles and fish however are bred by carefully vetted overseas breeders
    **Unfortunately the fish miss out on this.

    Real Expert Advice

    We have our own Pets Corner curriculum containing over 300 different training documents. For every 25 people we employ, we have a member of staff who is responsible for training them.

    We train all our staff in animal husbandry, pet behaviour, animal treatment and medicines, and we've been advising customers on pet nutrition since 1968. This means our staff really know what they're talking about, so you can get the right advice every time.

    If you are considering buying a pet, a member of staff will take you through everything, step-by-step, to make sure that you are fully prepared to be a pet parent. We're very thorough so it can take quite a while!

    Pets as presents

    Pets as presents

    We do not agree with the sale of pets as surprise presents where the person receiving the pet is unaware. Our reason for this is that we want to ensure our pets are going to only the best of homes to owners who have a good understanding of their welfare needs. We like to talk to the primary care giver of the pet to make sure they have the only the best advice and to provide ongoing support for them and their new pet.

    Sociability and companionship

    Rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils usually thrive on companionship from members of their own species.

    Unlike our competitors, where possible, we prefer to sell our animals in pairs unless there are special circumstances which may affect the pet's overall health and wellbeing.

    Small Animals

    We sell products for an incredibly diverse array of pets, but in our small animal units you will find only Syrian Hamsters, Mongolian Gerbils, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits. We stock these animals because we believe with the right care and attention they can live long happy lives in the right hands and make incredible pets.

    We do not stock specialist pets like ferrets as they aren't high in demand and would spend too long in store, which isn't much fun for such an active animal.

    Although we sell rabbits, we will always encourage potential new owners to really do their research before taking on such a responsibility. Bunnies make fantastic pets, but are just as much of a commitment as cats and dogs. We ensure our rabbits go to owners who are fully aware of the time, attention and space that they require to live happy, healthy lives. Our staff are able to give advice and guidance about each species' needs, requirements and expenses.

    Reptiles

    At Pets Corner we stock a small selection of reptiles. In our reptile-stocking branches you will find: Leopard Geckos, Crested Geckos, Hermann Tortoises, Corn Snakes (Amelanistic and Carolina) and Bearded Dragons.

    Reptiles can make a wonderful pets but do require a lot of consideration with regards to their environmental needs. It can be challenging to look after them properly, which is why our staff undergo comprehensive training before being able to sell these beautiful creatures.

    We ensure that each of the reptiles that we sell only go to homes with owners who really understand the responsibilty of owning such an exotic pet. Our staff give detailed advice about all concepts of owning reptiles to ensure they are looked after to the highest of standards and are given everything they need to thrive in a home environment.

    Fish

    We stock a vast selection of temperate fresh water fish and tropical fresh water fish. We have the perfect tank and equipment to suit you, and with hundreds of species to choose from, your tank can be completely unique. Our staff are trained to the highest standard to ensure our aquatic units are kept sparkling clean and disease free, filled with happy, healthy fish.

    We only stock fish species that with our advice and guidance can be kept humanely, with enough room to grow and swim. We will not sell any fish to be introduced to a new aquarium without first doing a free water test for you, to ensure the best environment for them.

    Pet Birds

    We don't stock any pet birds at Pets Corner because we don't think it's possible to give them the appropriate exercise and space in a retail or home environment