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Even while thousands of dogs and cats are being euthanized each day for want of homes, puppy mills, kitten mills and backyard breeders heartlessly continue flooding the pet market with more.

While they may or may not be breaking local laws, many of them use free ads on Craigslist to facilitate their business. This violates Craigslist’s Terms of Use, which explicitly prohibits posting pet sales, animal parts, stud service.” The exception, “rehoming with small adoption fee ok,” is unfortunately not clearly defined, however it is obviously meant to be a provision for rescue situations, not litters of kittens and puppies bred for profit.

CL relies on community moderation and a system of “flagging” to uphold their standards. That’s where you come in. By monitoring and flagging breeders’ ads, we can make it more difficult for them to profit by exploiting animals.

Here’s how:

  1. On the Craigslist main menu for your area, type the word “puppy” or “puppies” into the search bar. Don’t specify a category—breeders post in all sorts of places, and you will often see the same ad in multiple categories. You can also search by a specific breed of dog or cat if you prefer.
  1. Look at each posting to see if it is a breeder selling puppies. Don’t be fooled by the use of the term “rehoming.” If it looks like they’re selling puppies, click “prohibited” at the top of the page. It will change to say “flagged.” Go on to the next one.
  1. Do this as often as possible, and ask friends to do it, too. It takes more than one flag to get a post removed, and there are thousands of breeders out there, so we need all the help we can get.

If you are unsure if a specific ad should be flagged, just use your best judgment. An ad needs to be flagged more than once, and some types of ads require staff review, before being removed.






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    Fredrick | July 14, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Your flagging advise has gone to the extreme
    Honest people who are looking to place an animal often get flagged
    I knew a man who was considering putting to sleep a perfectly healthy dog because he was blocked by flaggers from trying to find it a good home
    I think some flaggers think they are doing good when in actuality they might be causing harm to a animal that could have been placed instead of euthanised

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      admin | August 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you for your comment. We realize that rehoming a pet is sometimes necessary, and it does not violate the terms of Craig’s List. Pet Assistance Foundation does not advocate flagging legitimate rehoming ads. Unfortunately, Craig’s List is abused extensively by those breeding and brokering pets. This is not only a clear violation of terms, but also contributes significantly to the pet overpopulation problem, and the enormous suffering and untimely deaths that result. Some unscrupulous profiteers use terms like “rehoming” and “adoption fee” when referring to entire litters of puppies they are selling for thousands of dollars apiece. We recommend reading ads carefully before flagging. And remember, it takes more than one flagging action to have an ad removed.

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        Kelly Wright | May 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

        Keep doing what your doing. God Bless you. YOU guys are who see the suffering of innocent animals day in and day out! Your on the front lines in the trenches. Meanwhile, the rest of us go sit in our comfy homes. Maybe we donate a few bucks once every 10 years only because we wanted the recognition. So, if you tell us to go sell lemonade we should go sell lemonade with a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts. Again, I can’t tthank you enough for being friend and advocate to those who cannot speak for themselves.


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