Mission Impossible: Puppies, free to good home

Oh My Gosh, who knew it would be this hard to find my sweet terrier’s puppies a new home. I am trying my best everyday because I know the longer I wait and the older they get it may be a issue for placement.

So I considered my options. Craigslist was one. Just as I was about to post the puppies for the taken, this came up ……. (and I’m glad they it did.)

So now I have to charge….. ok.

PETA and AALAS have been kind enough to provide the following perspectives on this controversial subject:

1. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) [www.peta.org]

We are writing in regards to the “free to good home” advertisements that appear on the Craigslist website.

As you may be aware, animals given away for free can, and unfortunately often do, meet gruesome fates. They can end up in the hands of animal abusers like Barry Herbeck, a Wisconsin man who was convicted last year of torturing and killing animals he obtained through “free to good home” ads. He confessed to taking his kids with him when responding to the ads so people would be comfortable turning animals over to him. People known as “bunchers,” who obtain animals illegally from random sources to sell to research facilities for profit, often acquire animals by answering “free to good home” ads. Small animals advertised as “free to good home” are sometimes acquired by individuals who intend to use them as bait in training other animals to fight. Gerbils, hamsters, and young kittens are often acquired to be used as snake food.

Animal protection organizations all over the United States work diligently to educate people about the proper procedure for placing animals and frequently assist people in finding good homes for their animals. We routinely contact individuals who place “free to good home” advertisements to alert them to the potential perils for their animals and continuously receive appreciative calls from people who say they never knew these dangers existed.

Craigslist could do its readers and the animals a great service, while setting a very progressive example, by posting a brief warning at the top of the pets section about giving animals away for free. To supplement the warning people could be informed that they can contact us for more information about placing animals and screening potential adopters.

So I made this ad:

Star (Mom) Rock & Roll (sons)My sweet white terrier (house dog) just had 3 puppies (2 males & I female) and my husband says that the have to go! The girl is gone to my neighbor. I wish I could keep them together.  They are now 5 weeks and ready for shots and to eat independently (even though they are still nursing by choice). If you are interested in them, please inbox me. We do prefer them to be together.
I am not offering my fellas to any weirdo for fighting /food or any other non sense!
I can meet you at Earth Fare in SouthPark or at Imaginon downtown (***) ***-****

Hopefully they will be placed somewhere happy, safe and healthy really soon. If not, I guess they’ll be early Christmas gifts to the nieces and nephews. Now off to the vet we go. Dog Mama is due for a spay/neuter appointment. I can’t go through this again. The kids and I have fallen in love with them. It’s getting harder sneaking them in after my husband gets sleepy.