Craigslist, Help Stop Animal Abuse!

I cringed when I saw this ad recently on Craigslist:

“Selling my black and white Siberian Husky. He is outgoing, energetic, and has a great personality, he is also neutered. Unfortunately I am moving and the new place does not allow pets. I am looking for an owner that will be able to provide a good home for him. If you are interested please call or text.”

First of all, moving to a new place that doesn’t allow pets is not an excuse for leaving them behind. Parents don’t move into a new apartment that doesn’t accept children. Loving pet parents just don’t see moving into a place that doesn’t allow pets as an option.

Second, she is asking for money for her dog. If her highest concern was re-homing her Husky to a caring home, she’d bring him to a rescue organization that would carefully screen applicants to ensure he goes to his forever home. Of course, she then wouldn’t get paid for her pet.

These kinds of ads on Craigslist are not uncommon. Unfortunately for the Husky, he may very well end up like one of the other dogs advertised on Craigslist — in a dog fighting kennel, a research lab, or a puppy mill.

“Some people are simply not aware of the potential harm that they may send their pet into [by selling them on Craigslist], and don’t know the best way to keep them safe,” says Care2 petition author Cheri Teeter.

Teeter started a petition after she read about a sweet Pit Bull named Duke that had been re-homed from a Craigslist ad and was later found being savagely beaten and kicked by some troubled teenager.

Thankfully, someone reported Duke’s abuser, and the Pit Bull has now found a caring home. But Teeter says, “his limp will be a reminder of his horror story forever.”

Teeter adds that “sites such as Pet-Abuse.com, the Humane Society, and Aid Animals have wonderful, simple guides for re-homing an animal, and Craigslist should partner with these animal advocates to ensure everyone placing an ad in their community/pets pages must view this type of information.”

Sign the petition, and let’s convince Craigslist to take a simple step to help our pets!

If there is an issue you care about in your community or worldwide, you can start a Care2 petition like Cheri Teeter. Care2′s community of activists will join you in your cause and help you make a difference.

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115 comments

Sue H.
Sue H3 years ago

Petition signed 2/19/15. We've been asking CraigsList to do a better job regarding animals for too many years now. Hope this petition gets delivered soon.

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Vicky P.
Vicky P3 years ago

:( a/s

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Crockett
Sarah Crockett3 years ago

I already signed the petition.

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Ruth S.
Ruth C3 years ago

RUTH,
YOU TOOK ACTION ON FEBRUARY 09, 2015

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Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo3 years ago

Petition signed gladly and with great hope.

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dagmar karin dag
dagmar karin dag3 years ago

El gato Zymba me pregunto,si se mudan a un lugar mas pequeño¿tambien venden a sus hijos?le conteste,solo puedo firmar,indignada,

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Miki w.
Past Member 3 years ago

What a lame excuse for a pet owner to leave your dog/cat behind when moving in a new place,,,get a place where they like animals, so many empty flats and houses are available ,,,
Before you get an animal think what might happened in 15 years,,, at least this is what I did before I took on my cats.....
I hate Craiglist and people who dont think much about there animals

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Cheryl Sickler
Cheryl Sickler3 years ago

Already signed. Wish people would think!

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Erica W.
Eri W3 years ago

Signed gladly! I am so tired of Craigslist and Facebook not abiding by their own rules when it comes to allowing posts that give away animals and permitting animal abuse pages.

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