|Barked: Tue Nov 19, '13 5:34pm PST |
|A note on my personal experiences with Craigslist:
I personally have gotten one kitten from Craigslist. I paid $100 for her at 8 weeks because she came with her kitten shots already done. While the screening process was not overly rigorous, the person did ask me about my experience with cats, my living situation and my schedule. They genuinely seemed to care about where the kittens went. A good experience all around.
On the other hand, I worked with a young girl in my salon about 6 months ago. I forget how old she was, maybe 20 or 21. She was constantly asking me questions about dogs and training. She expressed an interest in getting a german shepherd. I advised her that this would not likely be a good breed for her since she had never owned a dog before and had a very small child (less than a year) and she didn't strike me as the type of person to handle all that plus a large dog. A german shepherd rescue that does adoption events in our store told her the same thing and would not adopt to her. A week later, she comes in saying she "adopted" a dog off of Craigslist. He was probably around 8 months old and I was guessing an airedale mix. Not neutered, riddled with fleas and had some serious behavior problems. I told her he was an idiot. Less than a week goes by and she comes in with another dog, this time an 8 week old german shepherd puppy. I told her she was beyond stupid. She gives me a sob story about how she knew she shouldn't have gotten them but her heart just got the better of her, blah blah blah. She constantly complained about the price of caring for the dogs, how destructive they were, etc. Within a month the airedale mix was gone and about three months later, the shepherd was gone. Just as everybody predicted.
Sorry for the length of this ramble, but I personally feel that more harm than good comes from adopting pets out on Craigslist, even though my own personal experience with the kitten was a good one. It seems like Craigslist and pet stores are the places that people go when breeders and rescues tell them no.
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