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People now use Craigslist and Facebook for just about anything, even giving away pets. Don’t do this! The logic I would often hear? “I would rather put my pet in a home than in a shelter.” Shelters get a bad name, but there are thousands out there doing their damn hardest to find every animal a home.
Dog fighters scour Craigslist and Facebook all day looking for pets they can use as bait or dogs they can make fight.
Dog fighters and animal abusers will dress nicely, show up to meet your pet, act courteously, promise to love the animal, and lie the entire time. Once they have the animal you listed online, it’s highly likely that the animal will could meet a cruel end. This is how dog fighters train their animals to fight and kill using defenceless animals they procure online. Craigslist is a gold mine to animal abusers and dog fighters; it is the cheapest and easiest way to get what they need.
Most shelters require references, home checks, and adoption fees. Dog fighters and animal abusers are highly unlikely to get around all these requirements.
Take an honest look. Do pets in animal shelters or that dog above look like they have a best chance of finding a loving home?
If you absolutely insist on giving your animal away online, make sure you require a fee. Dog fighters will not pay hundreds of dollars for your pet. They want to train their animals to fight as cheaply as possible; why pay for an animal that won’t survive long anyway?
Keep your pets safe. Never list online; instead, contact shelters and rescue groups, family members and friends. Don’t be an idiot.
Courtesy of, Rescue Idiot
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