Dog Flipping Is Immoral And On The Rise


Pet lovers beware, if you need to re-home a pet you can’t take care of or find someone to adopt a puppy from your pet’s unexpected litter, there are “dog flippers” out there that want to make you their prey.

As with house flippers who make a profit by re-selling a home they just purchased, dog flippers make money on people who need to give away an animal. These despicable individuals pretend they are going to give the pet a good home, but turn around and sell the animal (primarily dogs) for a profit.

Dog flipping is not a new concept, but experts say it is on the rise. And even though it is based on a lie, the transaction is legal.

“You might think you are giving your dog to a loving home, but it is going to be warehoused with up to eight to ten other dogs in tiny apartments and sold to the highest bidder,” said animal rescuer Sarah Clinton.

Dog flippers usually target websites like Craigslist where their deception is less likely to be caught.

A couple from Ohio started a Facebook page, Citizens Against Flipping Dogs, after their dog Frankie was flipped. Amy Cannon had nine puppies to re-home when she advertised they could be adopted “free to good homes.” One family took two of the puppies, including Frankie.

A short time later Cannon saw Frankie’s picture on Craigslist, offering the puppy for sale with a false description of the dog’s background and why he needed a new home. Cannon confronted Frankie’s new owner who said he was selling the dog for grocery money. She bought the dog back for $70.

“It’s beyond our realm of thinking that anybody would look at a companion animal and see it as a means to turn a quick buck,” said Clinton.

Experts suggest that pet owners, who need to give away an animal, get to know the person who is going to adopt the pet. They should be wary of anyone that wants a quick deal. Be careful of people who advertise they recently lost a pet and want to adopt a new one, but cannot afford the adoption fees.

Clinton also recommends that animals be spayed and neutered so there are no “oops litters” of unwanted kittens or puppies that need to find new homes.


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Robert Hardy
Robert Hardyabout a year ago

Anyone who wants to make a "quick buck" off of puppies has got to be dangerous... and the practice should be illegal. But allowing the unexpected production of puppies is also very irresponsible.

Janis Keller
Janis Kellerabout a year ago

To avoid this altogether, go to the pound to buy your next pet and save a life then KEEP IT!

Antoinette Ohayon
Antoinette Ohayonabout a year ago

Shut down this EVIL website for good!!!!!!

Vesper B.
Vesper B.about a year ago


Jessica Story
Jessica Storyabout a year ago

It should be illegal to advertise animals on craigslist, Facebook, in fact it should be illegal to sell animals online altogether. As well as flipping many dogs end up being bait dogs for dog fighting. If you have morals & care about where your animal ends up (and you really should) do background checks before giving away your trusting animals. "I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs...(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty...." - JAMES HARRIOT

Angela Padovani
Angela Padovaniabout a year ago

Is there nothing people won't do for money? So sad that there are people in the world like these dog flippers.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.about a year ago

horrible !!

Marcia Geiger
Marcia Geigerabout a year ago

Anything for money for so many people. Supposedly Craigslist tries to police the site
:0 I don't think that happens often, always lots of ads in to good home.
We do know that rarely if ever, anyone checks back to see if it is really a good home.
As for government being involved, they have just started to address the issue of puppy mills. I think that folk have to be aware of what is going on and maybe do some checking up after the "free pet" give away..take a friend with.
I had never heard of dog flipping...I think the flippers should themselves be flipped over a bridge.

Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnellyabout a year ago


Fred L.
Fred L.about a year ago

Back in June, a young woman adopted a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier from the Hawaiian Humane Society. An hour later, she posted an ad selling the dog for $200 on Craigslist, shaving five years off the dog's age. She posted a picture of herself and the dog, and a Humane Society worker recognized her. The story made the local TV news, and public approbation pressured the woman into returning the dog to the Humane Society. She made up a lot of bullshit excuses for doing what she did.