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Q: Do you browse the Want Ads for Pets?

February 11, 2009 | By Kiko53 | 14 answers | Expired: 2003 days ago

Kiko53

I don't subscribe to a local newspaper, but pick one up every now and then just to look to see what pets are either up for adoption, free, or breeders with new litters for sale. A couple times I've been mighty tempted and even call to see if they've had any results. It's actually how we found Fifi, my toy poodle, for free.

Does anyone else keep an eye on pets advertised in the Want Ads?

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Cherrylee
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Feb 16, 2009

Adopting a pet from a shelter is the best way to give an animal a home. Shelter animals have been health checked, given vaccinations, spayed/neutered, and temperament tested. Plus if things do not work out, the animal can often be returned to the shelter.

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Ro2
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Ro2

Feb 15, 2009

If you're looking for a pet, I suggest checking your local shelter; most shelters have websites with pictures of some of the dogs and cats that are available. The shelter may have more animals available than what their site my show, so don't let the amount of pictures deter you. Also, most of the animals are cuter in person than in their photos. You can visit as often as you like until you find "the one" for you. Even though not "free", fees from shelters are also less than what you'd pay to a breeder.

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Patricia  C.
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Feb 14, 2009

I am very guilty of this! I found two of my dogs from Free puppy ads. Samson and Lacy. They both ended up being rescues too! Samson was totally emaciated when I went to look at those puppies. The ad said free Great Pyrenees/lab puppies. They were practically starved. It was in September and the puppies had been born in July. You could see ever rib they had and they were in a lot with no food or water. They were all covered with fleas so much that they were starting to lose their hair. I got in the lot and Samson came up to me and stayed with me. Apparently the Mom had been the great pyrenees and had been in the lot with the puppies and they had given her away the previous day. She must have been eating all the food, because it was pretty obvious, the puppies were getting nothing. I picked him up and took him up. Lacy's story is almost as sad. Lacy's mom was abandoned by the neighbor of the man who put the ad in the paper. He found Lacy's mom and another dog in the lot. The other dog had starved to death after the family had moved, but the kind neighbor had rescued Lacy's mom who had 11 puppies. The ad was to find homes for the puppies and Lacy's mom. We took Lacy who was the last female left in the litter. These pups were well cared for, thanks to the kind man who had rescued the mother dog. I still find myself always looking at the pet ads in every paper I pick up and also in the online classifieds. I got two of my dogs from the Animal Shelter too! I try to remember that there are no free puppies.

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Laura
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Feb 13, 2009

Why watch the papers when there are millions of homeless animals in shelters that are desparate need of a gentle soul to rescue them from death?

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Lisa H.
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Feb 12, 2009

At our shelter we all watch the paper for "free to good home" ads. We try to use it as a teaching tool because most people think they are doing something good by giving away their pet in the paper, they think that is the best thing to do rather than bring the pet to their local shelter. Your everyday person doesn't realize that "free to good home" ads often end up in really bad situations like puppy mills, dog fighting rings, or much worse.

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Dr. Joyce B.
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Feb 12, 2009

I shouldn't. It's sad and I want them.

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Kathie J.
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Feb 11, 2009

i would be very leary of a pet for sale in the paper. Great breeders don't have trouble finding homes for their pups, they don't have to advertise because they don't have too many of them. Lots of puppymills advertise in the paper. As do people not that caring for their own pups.

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Amy135
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Feb 11, 2009

Yes, I look at the pet ads every week in my local paper and any other I can get a hold of. They tip me off as to what may be coming into our shelter in the next few months, especially the "free to good home" animals which usually end up at the shelter after the cuteness is gone (6 - 9 months of age). When you give something away for free, people are less likely to see value in it. (I work in an animal shelter.)

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Mary W.
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Feb 11, 2009

I do not watch the ads, but it would be interesting to do a study of how many people try to find a home for their pet before giving it to a shelter.

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Judy  Z.
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Feb 11, 2009

I have kept a diary of ads placed for my favorite breed for about the past 10 years. It has been interesting to note the number of ads placed year after year by the same people. I keep this handy for our club members - in the event they question a breeder about their "habits".
My husand answered an ad for my first guy back in 1967 - and drove to Oconto Falls, WI to see him - he saw the parents and was taken back by their large size and exuberance - but decided to purchase the pup three month old anyway ($100). Bourbon was the best! Temperament and hunting ability. So I guess some of us get lucky - dumb lucky.

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