While we have been focusing on the dangers of rehoming pets on Craigslist due to the lack of accountability, Craigslist and sites like them also contribute to the overpopulation of pets by providing an easy and free marketplace for “backyard breeders” to sell their pets.
Take this story of Bear, a 4 week old puppy (puppies should not leave their mother until at least 8 weeks) who was sold by a backyard breeder on Craigslist for $600. The man who purchased him decided it was inconvenient to have to bottle feed a puppy, so he then listed poor Bear on Craigslist again. Thankfully a NYC animal rescue group called Social Tees saw the ad and rescued Bear and got him the care he deserves.
Pets are NOT commodities to be bought and sold online, and when sites like Craigslist continue to allow these “backyard breeders” to sell pets like Bear, they are contributing to the pet over population crisis.
Please continue to support our efforts at FEND to fight animal sales on Craigslist.