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How sad that animals are brought, sold or given away via social network sites and classified advertising sites such as Prelove and gumtree. Are they now just disposable commodities? Do their owners not care what will happen to them?
Every week we get calls from people that had got a dog a week or so earlier which they had seen advertised cheap or “free to good home” (though what ‘good’ represents is anyone’s guess) Many get these animals on impulse without properly considering their circumstances such as ongoing cost, training and time required and whether it is the right animal to suit their current situation.
If your pet has no value to you as you offer it ‘free’ or ‘cheap’, there is a good chance that it will have little to no value to the person who takes it from you.
We had a Giant Schnauzer puppy sold cheaply, due to change of circumstance, in the North of England to a lovely couple that were to give her such a ‘good’ home. However, they very quickly sold her at a profit to someone from this area who’s cheque bounced and two weeks later that person then handed the dog in as a stray. The people that had hoped to make a profit caused us a lot of aggravation, trying to stop us from spaying the dog that they wanted returned to the north, though they didn’t want to keep her for themselves. We put the dogs welfare first and after weeks of getting nowhere we chose to ignore their threats and we spayed and rehomed her.
There is also a problem with dogs being used as ‘bait dogs’ in fighting rings, as
in the case of the poor Golden Retriever found ripped to death with it’s mouth taped
Others are used for breeding and then passed on (or worse) when they are no longer of any use.
Some of these advertised animals will be lucky enough to find true ‘good’ homes and forever homes where they are loved, but what a huge gamble to take with their lives.
The dogs pictured are from one such case, all from the same person who’s flat was
being fumigated the next day after finally being evicted by the landlord. There
should have been ten dogs, three adults and seven older puppies. We had been informed
that they looked ‘Labrador-
They ranged from GSD to terrier and had been gathered from different ‘free to good home’ adverts. However, only six dogs were brought into F.A.I.T.H. and when asked about the other pups we were told that one had been sold, one died and two had been put down. It was hard to get any rational explanation but it was possibly due to the ‘Canine Parvovirus’. Sadly the veterinary practice involved refused to help us with any information. Our own vets tried but to no avail, so they helped us with all the precautions necessary to keep our dogs safe and still offer sanctuary to these six dogs.
I am pleased to say they were well throughout their quarantine and have now been rehomed. Please make people aware of the ills of these adverts and remind them to be very careful about who they give their pet to.
There are concerned animal lovers fighting to put a stop to the advertising of animals on these sites, we wish them every success.