I love animals and have several cats. All were strays or shelter animals. I recently posted an ad for a free kitten (and offered to pay for the neutering as incentive) that my nephew found at his school on craig's list and was very excited when 9 people called the first morning it was posted. I called 3 people back before I found one that seemed like a good candidate. She came and saw him and spent a couple of hours playing with him and seemed to fall in love and took him home. I am now really upset. I was told tonight that there's a problem with people posting free animals on Craig's list because the people that call about the animals are taking them to labs that pay by the pound for the animals. (As a source of income.) I was also told that PETA is petitioning Craig's list to stop allowing free animals to weed these people out. There were at least 2 people that called me that didn't seem to love animals and were overly eager to take the kitten right then... I'm hoping and praying that the girl that took him will truly give him a good home. I'm going to call her tomorrow (too late tonight) and insist on visiting the kitten. Has anyone heard of this??? I feel sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
WOW, I've never heard of this. BUT, I want you to remember, there is ALOT of NICE, GOOD people in the world. And I beleave you found the right home for the cat! Yes call and just ask if you can do a follow up visit to make sure that the cat is happy. Tell her it's something you need to do..to make closure with yourself. Most breeders request you to make a vet check within 72 hrs to verify the animals health etc.. but your just requesting a visit. Good luck.. sleep well.. I just have a gut feeting that you made a good choice!!!!!!!!!
Craigs list advises againsr free pets. They state you should ask for a small adoption fee. Craigs list is also a democratic society and does not goveren the posts, the viewers do with the flagging system. So, If you do see an ad for a free dog your only recourse is to flag the ad. The idea of making it illegal to give a dog away is never to going to fly. The idea is absurd. The law cannot single out craigs list or any other entity. if they did make it illegal, they would have to make it illegal for everyone. That means you could not give a dog away.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
PETA is ridiculous...lol I don't agree with just advertising a free animal and giving it away. However it doesn't mean EVERYONE who takes a free pet will sell it or something. I think people should charge a little something. If its by the pound a kitten is probably not the biggest target. I'd say a large breed dogs. I knew some GSDs that were being stolen for sale to research.
I once put something on craiglist for a friend who doesn't have internet they had a male and a female young adult Pit Bulls. They were moving and only able to take their small dog. They had a $50 "adoption fee" for each. So many stupid emails (in one day 5) about DON't GIVE AWAY PIT BULLS FOR FREE. PEOPLE USE THEM FOR FIGHTING. DO YOU NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR DOGS. The dogs were not free and they weren't going to let their dogs go to just anyone. These people who having a cow for no reason.
PETA wants to make owning animals illegal so what do they care if they are sold for research? It obviously isn't illegal right? How stupid can PETA be, if they wanted to actually do anything they would try to help make animal testing illegal. LOL. PETA killed how many innocent pets and dumped them in a dumpster, so why do they care again? So hypocritical.
I have heard the warning about not giving animals away. There are people that gather them up to sell to labs, feed (yes FEED)large reptiles, use for dog fighting bait....alot of horrors. My rule of thumb is to price in such a way to avoid those people. Once you meet someone that sincerely wants the pet and you have determined is a good placement...when they are ready to pay hand back the cash and ask them to use it on the animal. :-) Personally, I won't post an animal to re-home on craigslist. There are vigilante flaggers. I tried to rehome some reptiles. Corn snakes that I purchases habitats and all kinds of expensive goods for....no matter what I did I was flagged and accused of being a kitchen "snake breeder" AND I AM NOT. They even have blogs about those flaggers...apparently they work in groups. Oh well...sold my fridge with no problem at all.
So, if you go to her house and the cat hasn't settled in yet, then what? Or what if she says no? You watched her for a couple of hours and you had a good feeling about her; why let someone else's (ungrounded, in THIS case) fears make you uneasy now? It looks to me that you did more than a lot of people would to find the kitten a good home. I don't know anyone who would give a couple of hours of their time just to get a free cat. Before talking to the third party, how did you REALLY feel about the transaction?
"There are people that gather them up to sell to labs, feed (yes FEED)large reptiles, use for dog fighting bait....alot of horrors."
I always wondered how feeding an animal is considered a "horror story". I knew someone with a large snake they fed rabbits to. Animals need to eat, predators eat prey. Its weird how certain species get special treatment over others. Dogs and cats not food for reptiles, yet people eat pigs which have shown to be very intelligent as well. Its just that (most) people don't see pigs as pet animals. This is weird because I was just talking to my husband about this trying to figure it out. Its a culture thing I guess.
"Once you meet someone that sincerely wants the pet and you have determined is a good placement...when they are ready to pay hand back the cash and ask them to use it on the animal. :-)"
That is a good idea. That is what we did with a Pit mix we placed. We finally found a deserving home with a good family. Talked to them a few times on the phone. Meet them in person. Took him to their home, saw how they live and the dogs living conditions, how he wouldn't be treated, ect. Then the were going to pay the adoption fee and my husband told them to keep the money and use it for whatever the dog needs.
I got my puppy from the Humane Society. I was absolutely amazed at the questions. They made it sound like I had to be home with it 24/7, if not, who would babysit....They wanted references and phone numbers...I told the lady it was none of her business. Not to mention how far I drove to get the puppy. I wouldn't drive 3 1/2 hrs on my day off to get a puppy if I was not going to care for it. That lady was insane. Then she said she was going to come visit to make sure I complied with all the recommendations.
Lavander I know how you feel. Some rescues do seem insane but that one seems on the ball. They want to know how the pup is going to be taken care of. Others are totally ridiculous, this one person on another forum was saying how one rescue didn't adopt to people under 30yrs, which I find ridiculous.
The one you went to sounds like the norm. 3 1/2hrs is a small amount of time for most people. YOU might not drive that far if you weren't committed but is that hardly true for others? It doesn't show commitment.
I drove that far (to the airport) to pick up my pup, I will take the best care of her but not because I had to drive that far and pay over 2k for her.
The fact is that many dogs are dumped off, given away or end up in shelters that cost $1,2 or 3,000. People drive 6,7,8+hrs to pick up their pup and it is gone by the time it is a year old. They didn't train the dog and it is just too hyper or chews stuff up. So you have to look at it that way, some people are not responsible.
A friend of a friend drove 12hrs and paid $1500 for a pup at the beginning of this year and is already trying to get rid of it and sell it for less. The friend called me about it, I was like no way. I couldn't believe it, the friend told him not to even get her as he was being impulsive, they did it anyway and now don't want the dog.
Another friend of mine bought a pup for $1,000 (only drove about 2hrs) that ended up forgotten about for several months finally gave him away to a family member. It was sad for the dog.
So please understand why rescues, shelters and breeders are so thorough when placing their pups. The shelter dogs have already been dumped once and they want to make sure its a forever home.
In response to not adopting to anyone under age 30... When I was highly into rescue we would tend to give to older more settles people.Only because some 30 yo tend to move and then end up not keeping the dog. And as it states rescues want forever homes they've usually been fostered atleast once. We've found that a family that is already settled , has thier children, owns a home keeps the dog. Not saying we turned a 30 yo down but most often the settled family were the ones in the end to get the dogs. And we also found the "impulsive people" that did an application then once you start questioning them they either changded thier minds or had already moved with no number change. Just my ohnest opinion and from my own experience, we've had better luck this way.
TruePits, I see your point. My brother is impulsive. A dog wouldn't last long with him. After three phone calls and an interview with this lady, I'd had enough, though. We did get the puppy whose 3 1/2 mos now. He's doing great, and we all love him to pieces.
Oh they adopt to 30 & up. Yeah thats just the thing, is the person (or family) stable? I know people of all different ages and I see older people that move a lot and plenty of younger people that buy the home they are planning on live in. (Take my MIL parents, gypsy people or what. They are like in the late 70s early 80s). If a 28yr old has been married for 5yrs and owned their own home for at least 2yrs I think its safe to say they are stable IF other things add up too of course. Training, med care, plans for the dog, financial stability (this should be considered just like before having or adopting a child), their background, ect. There are plenty of responsible 25yrs old there, who might take better care of a dog then someone twice their age. Some people are just irresponsible with dogs and it won't change with time, age or some type of maturity.
Some won't adopt to military families because they are under the assumption that they move a lot. Which can be untrue, instead of checking into it they just say "no military families". My Aunt has been in the military for a very long time, she lived in the same place for over 25yrs. On active duty. She had to go out twice, her husband was there though. A dog would be ok with only 1 person. Her dog is now 13yrs old (Great Dane mix and thats old for a Great Dane). I think she did fine in raising and caring for him.
Also a 29yr old is close to 30. Would they be turn down because they are 6 month shy of being 30 and need to come back in 6 months? As if that has made a drastic change in their behavior.
Most younger people might not take the best care of the dog. Especially someone who is in college and works. No time and other priorities. Other older people (30-40s) that work 2 jobs or double shifts the same can be said about them. So I think it should be taken case by case.
I hope you see what I mean. I think rescues and breeders have every right to be picky. Just somethings should be bent in some exceptions. If it is a GOOD FOREVER home then it is really in the best interest of the dog. I would much rather see the dog with a responsible 28yr old then killed a week later because he didn't have a home.