However, there are too many people posing as good, caring people wanting to take the animal in, when what they are actually interested in is cruelly exploiting animals for their own ends.
Even if the person who initially takes your pet has good intentions, the simple fact is that, once a pet is no longer in your care, you have absolutely no control over who it gets passed on to, or what fate it may meet.
Craigslist can be and is used as a tool for those seeking to adopt or re-home a pet, but unfortunately, the website has also facilitated horrific instances of animal abuse and neglect.
I have read too many stories of “Craigslist pets” being used for dog fighting, puppy mills, sold to research labs, and animals stolen and resold on the site. Some people are simply not aware of the potential harm that they may send their pet into, and don't know the best way to keep them safe.
Responsible dog owners make decisions with their pet in mind. We don’t move to a new home without making sure the fur kids are welcomed in the new community, we don’t spend frivolously without making sure the pet is cared for first, and, when times get tough, we’ll skip a meal so that our pet still gets his.
Unfortunately, not all pet owners are responsible. Close to 4 million dogs and cats enter rescue shelters each year in the United States alone, with about 60% of these facing euthanasia. Shelters and animal rescues are busting at the seams as a direct result of irresponsible pet ownership.
If you can't find a suitable home for your pet and you need to surrender your pet, do the right thing and get in touch with a NO KILL Shelter or Animal Rescue Group listed below. Rescue groups have foster homes that take care of your pet while waiting for their forever home...and many shelters are now implementing foster programs into their system.
If everything else fails and you must give away your pet, ask the "adopter" for his license and copy down the information, along with his current phone number and have him fill out an application. If possible, it would be wise to visit his home and surroundings to see if this is the right choice for your pet.
Don't wait until the last minute, as shelters and rescue groups are swamped with surrendered animals, along with strays on the street that are lost or worse.
- Free To Good Homes Ad - An informative detailed article about what actually happens to most of the animals
- Petfinders "Tips on Finding Your Pet A Good Home"
- The Whole Story About Abuse