Chewy.com Sold Its Soul to PetSmart, but PETA’s Got Your Back

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

In 2017, online companion animal supply store Chewy.com—once a PETA favorite—was purchased by PetSmart, the massive pet-store chain notorious for selling animals bred and distributed by cruel suppliers.

A PETA eyewitness documented that thousands of animals were confined to plastic bins stacked in shelving units like filing cabinet drawers at Holmes Farm, a massive animal-breeding warehouse in Pennsylvania that supplied hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, and other small animals to hundreds of pet stores across the eastern U.S., including PetSmart and Petco. Both chains have since pledged not to buy animals from Holmes again.

Eyewitnesses also found that reptiles were denied basic care, left to suffer with gruesome injuries, and cruelly killed at another PetSmart supplier in Ohio, Reptiles by Mack.

We’re sad that the once-reputable Chewy.com sold its soul to PetSmart, but thankfully, there are many online options offering products that are cruelty-free, vegan, made in the U.S., and—best of all—not sold through a retailer whose animal suppliers have “no empathy for the animals,” as a worker at one reptile-breeding mill put it. Whether you’re self-isolating at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or you’re just a fan of virtual shopping, you’ll be sure to find what you need with this list of online companion animal supply stores:

1. Target

Whether your companion is a dog, cat, or bird, Target has everything you need to care for your buddy, with numerous brands to choose from. The superstore often has super deals, plus free shipping! But before making any purchases, be sure to check our searchable database of companies to find out if the products you’re interested in are cruelty-free.

2. Walgreens

Browse dog supplies, cat supplies, small-pet supplies and companion animal health-care items, vitamins, and supplements on Walgreens.com for more savings and more convenience—and more options to pamper your furry friend. But again, be sure to find out if the products you’re interested in purchasing are cruelty-free before you check out!

3. Wag.com

This online pet boutique offers everything you need to keep your animal companions happy and healthy. Plus, a bonus for all you Prime subscribers out there: Wag.com is an online Amazon boutique.

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4. PetFlow

Food, treats, toys, accessories—PetFlow has it all, including more than 100 different brands to choose from! You can even receive free shipping if your order is more than $49. Plus, with every purchase you make, Good Deeds by PetFlow donates a bowl of food to a companion animal in need.

5. 1800PetSupplies.com

The online companion animal supply superstore offers “anything and everything for all pets.” It’s a one-stop shop for guardians and their furry friends. Discover its low prices and hot deals today.

6. Evanger’s

The only family-owned and -operated pet food cannery in the U.S., Evanger’s has been making food since 1935. It prides itself on improving companion animals’ quality of life through nutrition.

7. Dr. Harvey’s

Priding itself on holistically feeding companion animals, Dr. Harvey’s offers dehydrated vegetarian food for dogs and cats as well as avian blends. The company believes that your animal companion deserves the very best, and that’s why it sells only natural, whole foods made in the U.S.

8. Happy Dog Food

If you’re looking for natural food that you can purchase online, look no further than Happy Dog Food. The family-owned online retailer makes dog food free of unidentified animal byproducts, meat meal and meat derivatives, corn, wheat, and soy.

9. V-dog

V-dog is “a totally different kind of dog food company.” But the folks there don’t love just dogs—they love all animals, which is why every V-dog product is vegan and cruelty-free. If you think that your dog might enjoy some vegan kibble, Breathbones, or Wiggle Biscuitsor a super-adorable “Plant Powered” bandana—then V-dog is the retailer for you!

10. Threepaws Gourmet

Dog treats from Threepaws Gourmet are 100 percent organic and vegan. Products from the company are made fresh-to-order and shipped from Wisconsin. Threepaws owner Hannah was inspired to open the online dog-treat store after rescuing her canine companion Layla.

11. Pet Playgrounds

According to its website, Pet Playgrounds manufactures “the safest and most reliable REAL dog fencing system in the world.” The non-electric dog fences are nearly invisible, can be installed anywhere and by anyone, and prevent dogs and other animals from digging, climbing, or chewing their way out.

12. Hale Pet Door

Not only does Hale Pet Door design and manufacture quality pet doors, the company also offers a companion animal rescue rewards program. If you rescued your animal companion, you’ll receive 10 percent off the purchase price of your new pet door and Hale Pet Door will donate the 10 percent to an animal shelter or rescue of your choice.

13. Luxepets

After Claire Chew’s animal companion Sophie passed away, she created Luxepets, an online store specializing in luxury keepsakes designed to help you memorialize your animal companion. Choose from collars, harnesses, tags, charms, and a variety of sympathy gifts.

Bonus: Visit the PETA Shop

Shop for your animal companions—and yourself—and benefit other animals at the same time. All profits from the PETA Shop go directly toward supporting PETA’s vital work for animals. Our companion animal section offers unique items, including bandanas, dog toys, and more!

Tell PetSmart That It Won’t Get Your Business Until It Stops Selling Animals

Please, pledge not to buy pet supplies from retailers that sell any animals. Let PetSmart officials know that you’ll instead buy supplies from businesses that don’t sell animals, such as Target, Walgreens, or the other online retailers listed above. Click the button below to take action now.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind