I’m unsure of what I think about getting pets off these online classifieds. I am all for shelters and would NEVER buy any anima for one of these sites. But what do you think about free pets (because people are moving, other circumstances, etc)
I can never decide how I feel about this. Opinions?
I’m all for getting “surrendered” pets off of online classifieds, but not people selling breeder pets ( I see a lot of 800-1000$ dogs on there). Yes, I also am in favour of getting animals from shelters, but where do you think these peoples pets are going to go if no one adopts them from craigslist? Straight to the SPCA, or worse, the pound. Also in my area there has been an outbreak of “stray” animals being found by the SPCA, which makes me think people are setting these unwanted pets free if they cant get rid of them from an ad. Two of my ferrets came from an ad, and two of them came from the SPCA, I consider them all rescues.
I’d call the advertiser and politely inform them of the dangers of “free to a good home” ads. I’d also contact the website owners, newspaper, etc. and ask them to ban these ads. Often times these animals don’t go to good homes and instead end up being used in experiments, resold, used as food for snakes, or abused.
Generally, the person who posted the ad genuinely wants the animal to go to a good home and will accept your advice (possibly removing the ad).