Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Adopting kitties & puppies

Hey everyone,

First of all, lemme give some well-deserved credit to animal shelters and their workers and volunteers who help kitties and puppies have healthy lives and find wonderful furrever homes.These people are angels who help animals live in a clean environment where they recieve as much love and care as the shelter workers can give.

But I'd like to bring up an alternate adoption option: Craigslist.com. Many of you probably already know about this site. Under your local Craigslist, you can find many cats, dogs and other animals up for adoption under the "pets" category.

Many pets up for adoption on this site are beloved family pets and are treated well. Often, the owners are very sad that they must let go of their pet, but there are reasons which are forcing them into that situation. Many foster parents and shelters also use Craigslist to help find forever homes for the fur-babies in their care.

However, there are also many pets up for adoption on Craigslist who are not being treated well.

While some owners will interview potential adopting families and ask for reasonable adoption fees (to make sure the owner is willing to make a commitment), others will ask for outrageous adoption fees (Craigslist prohibits selling but allows adoption fees) or will not care much about where the animals go.

So if you or anyone you know is looking for a new addition to the family, I wanted to bring up Craigslist.com as an option. We got Macy, Leah and Sadie from Craigslist; while we certainly don't want to make any assumptions about their previous families, Macy and Leah really needed months of TLC to show their true loving selves once they got here (and I'm not just talking about re-adjusting to a new place). Sadie, on the other hand, came from an angel of a young woman who can't stand to see animals suffer and who was acting as a foster parent.

And, of course, be aware of scams that awful people might be posting on Craigslist.

Okay, dat's my lecture for the day. :) Fanks for reading.

19 Comments:

Moki said...

What a great posting! Craigslist is indeed an awesome sight for some many different reasons!

Mickey said...

That is good advice for people . It is sad some people are not nice to animals! It is important to ask proper questions.
Purrs Mickey

goldenshade said...

I have never heard of Craigslist, I will have to check it out. It is sad how people take advantage of animals and people who want to help out. Sad.

~Goldie

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Kilroy, thank you for listing such good advice!!


Purrs!

Willow said...

That was very good advice, Kilroy!

Purrrrrrs, Willow

Katie & Da Katz said...

Petfinder.com iz purrtee good, too!

Weze chek this here Craigslist out.
Any beans in or near Kansas, weze gots a big floofy man cat named Leo. Hes lookin fur his furever home.

Katie Too.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We worry sometimes cuz some of dem peepuls on Craiglist seem to be backyard breeders...dat is not good. Dey should be fixing der pets...

Katie & Da Katz said...

Weze poste Leo ups at Craigslist.com!!

http://wichita.craigslist.org/pet/699658601.html

Thanks Kilroy!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are all for adopting animals in need of a home. We came from different places. 2 from the shelter. 2 were abandoned when too young to survive. One didn't like his home and moved in with Merci.

The Crew said...

We were all adopted from 2 local shelters. I think that was before Craigslist became popular.

Victor Tabbycat said...

Da 1st cat an Bonnie camed frum homes where a cat became a momma afore dey could fix her. Scruffy camed frum a fambly dat was getting deeforced an had 5 cats needin new homes. I was a shelter kitten until I dopted Mom at my 1st doption fair. Mom says, meet da peeps you's getting a pet frum an trust yur in2ition. Purrs!

Daisy said...

That's a great idear!

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

That is a great post.

Just yesterday here in Vancouver we had a mother and father list their 7 day old baby on Craigslist for $10,000. Can you believe it! Thankfully, someone reported them and the baby has been taken into foster care and they are being charged. Sigh.....I can't believe when people are abusive to animals and children, sigh....

Mo said...

I agree that Craiglist is a great place, just go with caution.

When I sold my house, I never thought people would drive out to the country and give me money for my stuff - but through Craigslist, they did!!!!

I'm so glad your family has some lovely experiences with new members from that service.
cheers,
Not The Mama

ps: this reminds me = must put aquarium up on Craigslist!

Chairman Mao said...

Momma has heard of Craigslist, but she's nefur checked it out. Thankies fur your ecksellent and informative postie!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Thank you for your excellent post on Craigslist. House Panther Mickey is 100% right, it's important to ask questions!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

WE do like Craigslist but one should always ask very careful questions before adopting any pet.

Katie & Da Katz said...

Craigs list is going to take my post down... and their place to ask questions is disgusting....

I don't knohs about dis. Weze just gonna puts an ad in da local papur...

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

You are a very insightful cat, my friend. Thanks for the good advice.