Ha! Not surprised, but my Craigslist post was flagged on Craigslist. I suppose the truth hurts. So here it is again! Can't shut me up, I have too much to say! Please share & post this in your city!
*My thoughts on #Craigslist, Kijiji & other ad sit Read more ...
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I am not anti-Craigslist or Kijiji or any other site used to re-home an animal. I am anti-irresponsible re-homing. I think I summed it up but if you want to hear more I will elaborate now. Craigslist (CL) is a wonderful tool to reach the masses. You can quickly post a photo with description of your pet & why you need to find it a home, a bio if you will. Then others can email you directly. Hopefully one of those homes is a quality, great home to love your pet for the rest of it's life. However, the truth is, that isn't the majority of CL site surfers.
What you will run into if you list a puppy on CL is either one sentence emails asking "how much" or "I will take your puppy". Ugh, sigh, slams head into wall. That is not the person to adopt your pet to. In fact, I get those emails here & I bet those people on here can tell you that my response is always to FILL OUT AN APPLICATION. Granted CL users don't have that & they don't think that it is something they can easily ask for. The truth is, if someone wants to rehome their pet they should only do so to a home that is better than what they currently offer. And not mediocre or "first person in line". That is silly & it ends in the dog being bounced around or neglected. The responsibility falls on the shoulders primarily of the person relinquishing their pet.
If you gave away your pet for free & then the 'puppy flipper' turns around & sells that puppy for profit - you can blame yourself. If you give away your pet & that person breeds it like a factory - you can blame yourself. If you give your pet away & see it in the shelter two months later - you can blame yourself. If you give your pet away & you see it is used as a bait dog or worse - you bet you can blame yourself in part for that too! That is called being irresponsible. You (meaning the seller/giver-away-er obviously) didn't do a home check, you didn't do a vet reference, you didn't ask for personal & professional references, you didn't take time to fully get to know & TRUST where your animal is going. Evil comes in all shapes & sizes. I have seen the cutest of young girls & most charming young men turn around & kill animals, breed them, then dump them, sell them for profit or into the fighting arena.
I know, many will cry "but I got my dog on CL for free & we love him dearly... I wouldn't have my best friend without that". Listen, you (now referring to the new home aka adopter) are an exception to the rule. Your dog got lucky! Your dog won the lotto just like you did. Those owners getting rid of their dog really got lucky too because now they won't have to know that they didn't follow through responsibly on behalf of that animal. The majority of people trolling those sites in search of a "free" animal are not people who should have said "free" animal(s). Again, animals are never free & it is up to the rehomer to ensure they are financially stable and able to provide for a pet.
Additionally, Panda Paws Rescue has taken in quite a few dogs over the years from CL or Kijiji ads that needed spay/neuter, additional care, medical need, etc. We can't take them all, but when we can, I try to reach out & offer assistance to those people. More often than not, I don't get a response back. Almost as though working with a rescue is more scary than the alternative... when in reality, it couldn't be further from the truth.
CL & other sites are heavily trafficked making them a tool for some rescues & shelters to post what is out there for adoption. Those responsible ones should require an app before anything else - if not, and they adopt based on an email reply - RED FLAG! Not a great rescue! Additionally, if someone is selling a puppy on Craigslist specifically - RED FLAG! What you're buying is not a well-bred animal and by purchasing it you are adding to the ever-growing pet over-population issue. You are a perpetuating backyard breeding & as a result thousands of animals that should have families are killed daily.
So if you or anyone you know wants to rehome their pet, fine. But I beg you to please go the whole 9 yards for that animal because it is your responsibility, period. Don't be lazy about it & make decisions out of haste.