Monday, March 3, 2014

Don't Put a Golden Retriever on Craigslist

Occasionally I poke around on Craigslist, and have purchased a rug, a patio table, and several other great items there at a good price. But one thing I hate to see on Craigslist are animals.

A stray dog needing a home. This dog was found in the woods, and adopted by a friend of mine.  (This isn't the dog in the ad.)

It's troubling to see pets listed "free to a good home" on Craigslist. For one thing, some rotten people will snatch up such dogs to use for cruel purposes such as bait in dog fighting. They'll pose as a nice family to get the dog.
Others sell the dogs to laboratories for testing.
Others "flip" the dog and sell it at a profit to whoever will pay.
Craigslist is too risky of a way to rehome your pet.

Most rescue groups scan Craigslist listings to save pets from these situations. Recently I saw a listing for a male golden retriever, 3 years old, not neutered and needing shots. I melted at the picture of a big, lovable goof and immediately wanted to rescue him, but knew it wasn't possible to add another dog to our family at this time. I alerted our golden retriever rescue group, which is the group from which we adopted Brooks and Ike. They are the experts, and they know how to evaluate a dog physically and emotionally, and how to match dogs up with just the right home.

When I told our group about the dog on Criagslist, the response was:

"Oy veh!! And unaltered purebred Golden out in the middle of puppymill territory!! We would take him no matter what - even if he's Cujo, he's safer in our hands than in those of some miller!  If he's not that bad but has "issues" then there are other Golden rescues with resources to work in-depth with some of the dogs."

Phew. This dog would have the best possible chance at a future. I was so happy with this woman's answer, knowing that this group is experienced and would get right to work to help the dog.

This isn't the dog in the ad either. This is our Brooks before we adopted him, when he was in the shelter. Looking at this always breaks my heart. But also makes me feel happy that we rescued him.

 She went on to say that sometimes it's a problem to get the owner to agree to turn the dog over-- a lot of time the people who advertise on Craigslist don't want anything to do with rescue. They may think that they're in for a lot of red tape, or judgement. But other times they just aren't aware of better ways to rehome their dog. I'm not going to judge everyone who gives up a pet with one broad stroke. But hopefully more people will turn to rescue groups when they need help. And thankfully these groups do an excellent job of doing what is in the best interest of the dog. Here's hoping that this Golden is already in his forever home, being smothered with love and comfort as part of a happy new family.

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  1. As hard as it is to see people giving up their dogs on Craigslist, I keep an eye on the pet listings too. Occasionally I see someone who is genuinely reaching out for help.

    I'm glad to see you have the same thought and brought this dog to your rescue's attention.

  2. Frankie and ErnieMarch 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Last month a guy was caught here in Ohio with over 50 dogs of all breeds... he was part of a Puppy Flipping ring... bringing Dogs from INDIANA ... through OHIO and headed for New York and New Jersey... FIFTY of them in a SMALL van... some were BIG dogs... and every CAGE had at LEAST 3 Dogs in it. They are all SAFE now.

  3. Hooray for rescue centers. They do a great job.

  4. Thank God they're safe now. It turns my stomach how people care about money more than living beings :(

  5. I avoid Craig's list, I can't imagine what my house would be like with all the dogs I'd rescue.

  6. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsMarch 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    What a wonderful thing you did, Peggy, to get this dog to a safe place.

  7. I wish no dogs were advertised on Craigslist. I avoid that site. I'm pretty sure the ads would make me upset, too. Here's hoping that the Golden you found has found a forever home by now. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  8. When I think of the dog being sell for other purpose breaks my heart because I also have golden retriever and I know they're very sweet but despite that they are being treated so bad. Please love and respect the animals.


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