Previously, Geebo CEO Greg Collier posted on this blog why you shouldn’t post ‘free to a good home’ pet ads online. I followed it up more recently with a post about how the animals could be used for pet-flipping. Now a story out of California shows yet another reason why offering or selling pets online is never a good idea.
A woman from Fresno, California, posted an ad online for her Husky puppies. This brought a man to her home whom she said asked all the wrong questions and that he had brought a little boy with him. Later that night someone had hopped the fence and stolen the five puppies. Not only could these puppies be either flipped, abused, or sold for research but now this woman has had strangers at her house who could have cased it for possible additional robberies.
As Greg mentioned in his initial post on the subject, if you’re going to sell or offer pets for adoption your best bet is to reach out to your own personal network or a shelter that has a good record on re-homing animals. Posting pets for sale or adoption online just invites too many forms of trouble not only towards the animals but also into your home.