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How do you feel about "Craigslist" for adoption?

post #1 of 13
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Ever so often, I browse through the "free" section of CL in my city for a few things I might need. I come across ads not only for free dogs, but cats as well.What do you think of this? My fear is that just anyone could get animals for whatever reason, no safeguards, etc. Thanks for your responses, and I will read them and respond.
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by Gil
Ever so often, I browse through the "free" section of CL in my city for a few things I might need. I come across ads not only for free dogs, but cats as well.What do you think of this? My fear is that just anyone could get animals for whatever reason, no safeguards, etc. Thanks for your responses, and I will read them and respond.
Gil...they are not only listing "free" animals on the free section..they post them here as well:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/pet/

At least on that board when you try to post, they do recommend charging a fee. I do not believe in offering animals for "free". What I do is send them my rehome page which gives them reasons why free to a good home isn't a good idea. Feel free to send it to anyone you see posting a free animal:

http://www.natewood.net/Rehome.html
post #3 of 13
I would never offer an animal for "free"; there are many psychos out there and also people who pick up free animals and sell to research or use animals as bait for dog fighting and other animal atrocities. It is responsible thing to charge a reasonable adoption fee for an adoption. Also; ask the adopter for vet references, get a phone number and call the person's family, landlord, etc. Try to do a good check on the person before handing an animal over to someone.
post #4 of 13
I must live in a bubble( okay pretty close) but I have gotten free animals and they are treated the same as the paid for ones... Until I came here I never thought anyone would do things like that to free animals
post #5 of 13
I think many people would take a free animal and care for it just fine. However, how would you know? If you give an animal to a stranger...it may be a nice person, or it could be someone who trolls the free ads and picks up animals to make a buck.

You can always charge less after talking to the adopter, if you are convinced it is on the up and up. Or if you are giving to someone you know. But even then, a little money is often a good sign that someone is willing to commit to the animal. (If it is a casual aquaintance.)

My agency actually has a program where an animal over the age of 6 will go free to a person over the age of 60, but they still have to fill out all the forms.
post #6 of 13
I think it's a no-win situation. We have a homeless animal crisis, and many people view pets as disposable. Things like "free cat" ads on Craigslist are a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Personally, I have placed many ads in the "pets" section of Craigslist and while I definitely have to do some work to separate the wheat from the chaff, I have also found quite a few really fantastic homes through Craigslist.
post #7 of 13
Craiglist is a wonderful website as is Petfinders. I was fortunate enough a few weeks ago to meet the parents of the young woman who started Petfinders. It was a fascinating dinner conversation about how this website actually started, all because of one stray kitten seen on the road.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by churchbug
I would never offer an animal for "free"; there are many psychos out there and also people who pick up free animals and sell to research or use animals as bait for dog fighting and other animal atrocities. It is responsible thing to charge a reasonable adoption fee for an adoption. Also; ask the adopter for vet references, get a phone number and call the person's family, landlord, etc. Try to do a good check on the person before handing an animal over to someone.
My point exactly, Churchbug..Way too many sickos out here. Again, CL could be a good resource if monitored correctly.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by semiferal
I think it's a no-win situation. We have a homeless animal crisis, and many people view pets as disposable. Things like "free cat" ads on Craigslist are a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.

Personally, I have placed many ads in the "pets" section of Craigslist and while I definitely have to do some work to separate the wheat from the chaff, I have also found quite a few really fantastic homes through Craigslist.
Good points, semiferal..That would be my biggest concern, discerning who is genuine, from those who have bad intentions.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I think many people would take a free animal and care for it just fine. However, how would you know? If you give an animal to a stranger...it may be a nice person, or it could be someone who trolls the free ads and picks up animals to make a buck.

You can always charge less after talking to the adopter, if you are convinced it is on the up and up. Or if you are giving to someone you know. But even then, a little money is often a good sign that someone is willing to commit to the animal. (If it is a casual aquaintance.)

My agency actually has a program where an animal over the age of 6 will go free to a person over the age of 60, but they still have to fill out all the forms.
Good points, Becki
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Gil...they are not only listing "free" animals on the free section..they post them here as well:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/pet/

At least on that board when you try to post, they do recommend charging a fee. I do not believe in offering animals for "free". What I do is send them my rehome page which gives them reasons why free to a good home isn't a good idea. Feel free to send it to anyone you see posting a free animal:

http://www.natewood.net/Rehome.html
Thanks, TNR1, and I will do that
post #12 of 13
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Thanks for your responses. As someone who visits CL on a regular basis, I have seen some pretty disturbing things written in some of the forums, and this same site allows people to give away free animals. Just out of concern.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by sharky
I must live in a bubble( okay pretty close) but I have gotten free animals and they are treated the same as the paid for ones... Until I came here I never thought anyone would do things like that to free animals
That's because you would never mistreat an animal. Unfortunately not everyone is like you.
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