Using craigslist to Buy / Sell a Dog

'And now a rare late afternoon rant....</p><br /><br />
<p>{rant begins}</p><br /><br />
<p>Fans, there are plenty of people out there who like to complain about our rules. I am here to tell you an apocryphal tale about why these rules matters and why I want to wrap a nine iron around the knees of at least two people today.</p><br /><br />
<p>We found out this morning that one of our dogs adopted back in 2012 was slated to be euthanized at the Manhattan shelter today. In tracing back where the dog had been, we found the original adopter gave it away to someone on craigslist who then flipped the dog for a profit to a third party. Who then gave it to someone else and the dog nearly died by needle today. To say I am displeased would be a giant understatement. However, this is, as they say, a teachable moment and I want you all to think about how dangerous Craigslist is for animals.</p><br /><br />
<p>To begin with, you all should assume that the internet is full of people who are out to get you, because they are. I cannot believe how many people think that what they see on the internet is real and credible. Worse, I cannot tell you how many people think everyone who wants a dog is a good home. Not all homes are created equal and if it makes me a snob to require a home that understands that dogs are companions to be kept inside and returned to us if it doesn't work out, then I am an elitist pig and I am totally OK with it. Because when people don't turn the dog back to us and just find it a home on their own, dogs end up in bad places. </p><br /><br />
<p>Scout ended up on Craiglist with a dog flipper with a criminal history because his adopter couldn't keep him and thought that the dog flipper was a nice guy with three kids. Guess what? He's got a scam going that according to a rescue in Maine feeds his drug addiction by selling dogs that stupid people on Craigslist give him and calling himself a rescue. I can't fix stupid, but I can try to fix gullible. If you are in a bind with an animal and you can't keep it, and you offer it to that sincere-sounding person on the other end of the phone who says he has three little girls who will adore that dog/that he is a trainer that rehabs dangerous dogs for free and finds them homes/that he runs a sanctuary that has plenty of room for your precious puppy, that man is a liar and you are a gullible fool who has doomed her dog. Bad things happen to dogs with owners who don't do their due diligence. The adopter who adopted from us didn't call us when she couldn't keep Scout, and she clearly didn't ask for this man's references because if she did, she would have seen through him and she didn't see where the dog went. But for sheer luck and the happenstance that someone recognized him on a plea for help, Scout would have died today. A shelter is ALWAYS better and safer for the dog than Craigslist*. I would rather a dog be euthanized than end up ripped apart by someone looking for a bait dog, or selling the dog to lab for experiments because that happens every single day.</p><br /><br />
<p>I don't really give a damn how tough your life is and how you need to "get rid of" the dog right now so you can move/not get evicted/deal with your allergies etc. I also don't give a damn how offended you are that I don't care at all about your life "problems". We have a contract that requires the return of a dog for a reason and this is the reason. Your friends are not as awesome as you think, and neither is your aunt/cousin/co-worker who you want to give a dog to, nor is that guy who answered your free to good home ad. Because when your 'beloved' dog dies at the end of a needle somewhere or dies ripped apart as a bait dog or ends up tied out on a chain starving because you didn't do right by the dog, it's all on you and I won't have an ounce of pity when you cry that you had no idea and you did the best you could. No, you didn't. </p><br /><br />
<p>{End of rant}</p><br /><br />
<p>PS  Scout is safe tonight thanks to some very diligent work. </p><br /><br />
<p>*There are some heinous shelters where I would rather see you euthanize the dog at a vet than take, but I will never, ever recommend Craiglist.'

 

And now a rare late afternoon rant….

{rant begins}

Fans, there are plenty of people out there who like to complain about our rules. I am here to tell you an apocryphal tale about why these rules matters and why I want to wrap a nine iron around the knees of at least two people today.

We found out this morning that one of our dogs adopted back in 2012 was slated to be euthanized at the Manhattan shelter today. In tracing back where the dog had been, we found the original adopter gave it away to someone on craigslist who then flipped the dog for a profit to a third party. Who then gave it to someone else and the dog nearly died by needle today. To say I am displeased would be a giant understatement. However, this is, as they say, a teachable moment and I want you all to think about how dangerous Craigslist is for animals.

To begin with, you all should assume that the internet is full of people who are out to get you, because they are. I cannot believe how many people think that what they see on the internet is real and credible. Worse, I cannot tell you how many people think everyone who wants a dog is a good home. Not all homes are created equal and if it makes me a snob to require a home that understands that dogs are companions to be kept inside and returned to us if it doesn’t work out, then I am an elitist pig and I am totally OK with it. Because when people don’t turn the dog back to us and just find it a home on their own, dogs end up in bad places.

Scout ended up on Craiglist with a dog flipper with a criminal history because his adopter couldn’t keep him and thought that the dog flipper was a nice guy with three kids. Guess what? He’s got a scam going that according to a rescue in Maine feeds his drug addiction by selling dogs that stupid people on Craigslist give him and calling himself a rescue. I can’t fix stupid, but I can try to fix gullible. If you are in a bind with an animal and you can’t keep it, and you offer it to that sincere-sounding person on the other end of the phone who says he has three little girls who will adore that dog/that he is a trainer that rehabs dangerous dogs for free and finds them homes/that he runs a sanctuary that has plenty of room for your precious puppy, that man is a liar and you are a gullible fool who has doomed her dog. Bad things happen to dogs with owners who don’t do their due diligence. The adopter who adopted from us didn’t call us when she couldn’t keep Scout, and she clearly didn’t ask for this man’s references because if she did, she would have seen through him and she didn’t see where the dog went. But for sheer luck and the happenstance that someone recognized him on a plea for help, Scout would have died today. A shelter is ALWAYS better and safer for the dog than Craigslist*. I would rather a dog be euthanized than end up ripped apart by someone looking for a bait dog, or selling the dog to lab for experiments because that happens every single day.

I don’t really give a damn how tough your life is and how you need to “get rid of” the dog right now so you can move/not get evicted/deal with your allergies etc. I also don’t give a damn how offended you are that I don’t care at all about your life “problems”. We have a contract that requires the return of a dog for a reason and this is the reason. Your friends are not as awesome as you think, and neither is your aunt/cousin/co-worker who you want to give a dog to, nor is that guy who answered your free to good home ad. Because when your ‘beloved’ dog dies at the end of a needle somewhere or dies ripped apart as a bait dog or ends up tied out on a chain starving because you didn’t do right by the dog, it’s all on you and I won’t have an ounce of pity when you cry that you had no idea and you did the best you could. No, you didn’t.

{End of rant}

PS Scout is safe tonight thanks to some very diligent work.

*There are some heinous shelters where I would rather see you euthanize the dog at a vet than take, but I will never, ever recommend Craiglist.

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