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squirbel's avatar

How can I sell my pet?

Asked by squirbel (4292points) March 31st, 2009

We can’t post anything on craigslist, and websites like petfinder and such are so… tedious to set up an ad.

Where can we post posters and such around town?

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TaoSan's avatar

Are you actually trying to sell it here? The topics kinda seem like a solicitation.

Sorry if I’m wrong or appear anal.

girlofscience's avatar

Why do you want to sell your pet?

There are more pets than there are potential owners. Because many previous owners of pets do not care for them for the pet’s entire life, abandoned and unwanted pets abound. And this is one of the prime contributors to the overpopulation crisis, which is resulting in millions of healthy pets being euthanized in shelters every year.

Additionally, you do not know the person to whom you’d be “selling” your pet, and you do not know what kind of fate your pet may meet. Please reconsider selling your pet, and love him/her for the rest of his/her life, as it is your moral obligation.

If you insist on getting rid of your pet and you live within 100 miles of North Carolina, I will take him/her and have him/her adopted into a loving family through my animal rescue organization. But please, reconsider.

squirbel's avatar

We are selling her because she is a puppy, and she’s wearing out our older family dog. And no, I’m not trying to sell her here.

I’m looking for usual places that people post posters to sell pets.

Please don’t post if you don’t have an answer – don’t try to change my mind. Thanks.

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: I do have an answer, and I had a question as well. It is not against the Guidelines to assert my opinion, nor is it against the Guidelines to try to change your mind.

Is this a boy or girl? “We are selling him because she is a puppy” ???

Why did you take him/her into your house in the first place if you were not prepared for the responsibility of a puppy?

People do not usually “post posters to sell pets.” People post posters to indicate that they have lost or found a pet. Private owners do not usually “sell” their pets. If they are desperate to get rid of an animal, they typically struggle to find someone to adopt the animal for free, and when even that is not possible (which is very common), they surrender the animal to a shelter, where he/she is murdered within a week.

In any event, I will take your puppy in and be happy to place him/her in a loving home that is screened for safety, commitment, and financial stability. Where do you live? I can arrange to rescue your puppy this weekend.

squirbel's avatar

You are pompous and out of place.

We wanted a puppy. She was given to us as a gift, given to us by a family that could not care for her. We rescued her – if you will. But our dog is getting stressed by her. We are trying to prolong his life, and find a family for her – but since we are a bit poor right now – and she is a full breed, we are trying to make some money as well. We already have a family who will take her for free, but we are holding out [and they completely understand] to see if we can make some money.

Thank you, girlofscience, for automatically assuming that I took on a responsibility without thinking it through, for assuming that I am an uncaring person.

Thank you.

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: I spend the majority of my free time striving to improve the lives of abandoned, unwanted, and abused animals. Whenever I see or hear about an animal in trouble, I feel it is a moral obligation for me to help that animal. I am constantly struggling to educate the public about the state of the animal population and the problems to which many pet owners are contributing. You asked a question, and it is not out of place for me to attempt to help you and educate you. It is my responsibility.

I have offered to take the puppy off your hands. What’s the problem?

squirbel's avatar

Because you are outright and insulting – I do not believe you are truly a caring person.

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: I am genuinely trying to help this animal. I am not trying to insult you; I was simply trying to provide you with more information I assumed you had not been privy to, given your decision to sell your pet. In the event that you would still desire to abandon your pet, I was offering to do anything in my power to help this poor puppy. In what way is this not caring?

TaoSan's avatar

@squirbel

I have to agree with @girlofscience. First it was the stressed out older dog, but now more and more money comes into play. Please don’t be offended, but you have see how this may appear. @girlofscience has made a sincere offer to help, so why is she uncaring or pompous?

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@squirbel, calling girlofscience uncaring is like the pot calling the kettle black. I mean, by your own admission, your motivation is to make money off a pet that was given to you, rather than finding the puppy a good home.

If you have the papers, return the dog to the breeder. Reputable breeders will take dogs back rather than see them shuffled from home to home, which can be neglectful and stressful for a puppy.

squirbel's avatar

We are not selling her to just anyone – finding her a good home is a part of the equation. I’ve already turned down 1 offer for 350 dollars because the man already had 4 dogs. He wouldn’t be able to give her the attention she needs – Jack Russells need a lot of attention.

I just need exposure to many more people – that’s why I’m looking for more young families – and I need to know where to post posters.

girlofscience's avatar

Mods, I want to request in advance that this thread is not moderated. Everyone is behaving civilly, and I think we’re addressing a really important issue about pet ownership. This thread could potentially serve to educate others who would make a decision to abandon their pets without knowledge of the pet overpopulation crisis. Please let this play out.

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: Why did you take her in the first place if you were not prepared for the responsibility of raising a puppy?

squirbel's avatar

We wanted a puppy. We were looking for a puppy.

But this Jack Russell is too aggressive and she eats his food, bites his throat, steals his bed, takes everything and uses all his space. She is constantly snapping at him and worrying him.

But she is very personable and sweet, when she’s by herself. Jack Russells are just a very possessive and jealous breed.

We want a puppy – but this just isn’t working out and we don’t want Mr. Tache to die.

qualitycontrol's avatar

all i can say is ME-OW

TaoSan's avatar

@squirbel

well, in that case, local grocery stores always have these “boards” and are definitely high-traffic areas.

Some schools have buy and sell boards, check with your kids.

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: You had to have known that a puppy is a great responsibility, and with an older dog, you must certainly have taken into account that the puppy would be much more playful. Did you consider what this relationship would be like? You took this puppy in. Do not sell her/her. It is your responsibility to make this work.

Would you sell your newborn baby if you found that he/she was “stressing out” his/her older brother or sister?

squirbel's avatar

Playful, yes. Jealous and possessive, no.

@taosan: Ah, I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you. [I don’t have kids yet!! too young]

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: Have you considered behavioral training? Your puppy is still new to life. You need to work with her and train her to behave appropriately.

squirbel's avatar

That’s true – I could train her. But she would be sad. She wouldn’t be able to be herself.

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: That’s not true. When a young child throws a temper tantrum, I suppose she is “being herself,” but that doesn’t mean that the behavior is acceptable. The child is taught about acceptable behavior and learns the way in which she’s supposed to act in the world. The same applies to animals. Learning the right way to act does not make an animal sad.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I have a Jack Russell. They take lots of attention. They are not a good dog for a family with young children. It takes three years for a Jack Russell to settle down. Most have alpha dog personalities; it’s part of the breed.

girlofscience's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock: Do we know that squirbel lives with young children? In any event, given your knowledge of Jack Russells, what do you suggest squirbel do?

syz's avatar

It’s the “selling” part that’s problematic. Why not just find the dog a good home?

TaoSan's avatar

I am not unsympathetic to squirbel’s plight.

Les's avatar

@squirbel: What about an ad in a newspaper?

SuperMouse's avatar

@squirbel if this puppy is wreaking havoc for your older dog you probably do need to find it a new home. @girlofscience the fact is that this isn’t a newborn baby, it is a dog and if squirbel keeps it and continues to struggle with how it gets along with her older dog she really isn’t helping either dog. The older dog is going to be miserable and there is a chance the puppy will be resented and not given all the attention and training it needs to grow up into a loving companion. It sounds like it will be best for all concerned if this dog was placed in another loving home.

@squirbel, you lose me when you say that you want to make money off this dog. It was given to you. You say you are getting rid of it because it is not a good fit in your family, yet you plan to hold onto it until you are able to profit from selling it. That isn’t doing either dog any good and it is depriving a wonderful little puppy of the happy home and training it deserves. At the same time it is making your senior dog unhappy. It is easy to see the frustration girlofscience might be feeling when it looks as though you are putting money before what is best for both dogs.

You could place an ad in the local newspaper maybe at some local veterinary clinics, or maybe on a classified website that is specific to your area. You might also check with the local Pet Co or Pet Smart to see if they have bulletin boards.

squirbel's avatar

Thanks for that answer, SuperMouse. I suppose that is a problem to sell what was given as a gift – that decision was made out of need rather than greed [I need a new A-to-B car, and i’m 700 dollars short of a 2000 dollar car.] I did discuss with the person that gave us the puppy about whether they minded if we sold her, and they had no problem with it.

The guy that we are supposed to give the dog to for free is rarely home during the day, but would love her unconditionally. And we aren’t sure that his financial situation is great enough that he would be able to buy her food and toys and rawhide… you know – the little things that she is now used to after living with us.

I’ll post a craigslist ad for a 75$ re-homing fee.

janbb's avatar

@squirbel I got my last dog through a handlettered sign on a bulletin board in a local pet supply store. You might look for some of those and see if they have bulletin boards you can post on.

Alos, my dog groomer was quite knowledgable about people who were selling or giving away dogs. You could talk to some of the local grooming shops and see if they know of anyone who might want your puppy or who would post an ad.

Dog's avatar

@Supermouse You read my mind with your post.

I also have been very active in animal rescue and just wanted to thank you for looking for a home for this young dog rather than “warehousing” the dog in an isolated kennel as so many unthinking people do.

I hope you find her a loving home fast.

Facade's avatar

I see nothing wrong with trying to make money in the process. Get off her case.

casheroo's avatar

I don’t understand why you wanted a puppy, but you need money. Dogs cost money to maintain, moreso than cats, in my experience. They need yearly checkups, they can get sick, they need food, grooming, leashes, time consuming walks and play time. Why did you want a puppy if you need money? That doesn’t sound very smart.
I hope when you find a loving home for the dog, that you don’t get another puppy, since you obviously cannot afford it, nor want to take the time to train a dog.
If you do take the dog to a shelter, make sure it’s a no-kill shelter.

VS's avatar

I make no judgments about your ill-conceived decision to take on a puppy that was perhaps more jubilant that you expected. But please, PLEASE do not post this puppy for sale on Craigslist. There have been numerous reports of puppy buyers on CList that then in turn sell these puppies to labs who do despicable things to them. There is no screening process. Please make sure that whoever you decide to let have this puppy whether for money or for love, that it is someone who has the inclination to give it a loving forever home.

I do make a judgment about your calling girlofscience ‘pompous and out of place’ and then ‘insulting’. I do not think she said anything that could be construed as any of those things. Like many of us who love our pets, she is, I’m sure, acting only out of concern for the eventual well-being of this puppy.

squirbel's avatar

@casheroo: We are not bad off. We wanted a puppy. Just not a puppy that is going to stress out our dog in the way she does. We know that a puppy is young and energetic. We were aware of what we were getting into. In the middle of our search for the right puppy, along came my fiance’s parents – offering us their Jack Russell puppy.

We are not poor – we always have money to save and money to get the little things we want. We save for the big things. Our dogs get groomed by professionals and they have treats. They have all their shots. They are fixed. They have their papers.

I’m looking to get an A-to-B car, since mine broke down last month. I’ve been saving for it.

But oh no! Guess what?! The puppy is not working out – it’s been 3 months and we’ve seen our older dog’s condition worsening at a quicker pace than before. It is like he is aging before our eyes. We decided we needed to find her a new home.

But since she’s a full breed jack russell, why not try to make some money and put it in the fund for the new car? Making money is not the priority – but it is definitely worth trying.

I’m not sure where I am mis-communicating here. I don’t see why being more concerned about a family pet than the newcomer is such a hassle. I don’t see why you guys are not reading that I actually care about this puppy and I’m not just going to give her to anyone.

@VS: We do screen the families – don’t you see where I refused to sell her to a man who already had four dogs? We have her interests at heart. It’s insulting to have someone automatically assume that you are an ogre and you don’t care about a charge that you took on. It’s pompous to automatically think that you are right and the other person is evil – and to suggest that the puppy would be better of in her hands. Yes – that is insulting. You’re blind for not seeing it – and yes – that’s insulting to you.

crisw's avatar

@squirbel

Contact your local Jack Russell rescue. I don’t know where you are or I would find one for you.

You won’t make one red cent, but you’ll ensure the pup goes to someone who will actually commit to her- and that she won’t contribute more puppies to the pet overpopulation problem.

Abandon the attempts to make money off this poor puppy. Do what’s right for the pup- not your pocketbook.

“Full breed” (the proper term is actually “purebred”) dogs are a dime a dozen. Shelters are full of them.

And please, if you do choose to keep on trying to sell her- spay her first. Don’t let her go on and put more puppies into the same sad scenario.

squirbel's avatar

You didn’t read any of this thread. I’ve said like fifty million times that she is already fixed. Go back and read, please? :(

squirbel's avatar

This matter is solved. Thanks everyone!

VS's avatar

@squirbel Happy you were able to solve your puppy issue with insulting only a few…

girlofscience's avatar

@squirbel: How was the issue solved?

crisw's avatar

@girlofscience

I imagine it involved what he considered enough $$$$$. :>P

chyna's avatar

My 2 cents.. If the real problem is that your older dog is going downhill fast, “aging before our eyes”, then why are you holding on to this poor puppy for money? I would think your number one priority would be to get the puppy out as quick as possible. I think the best solution is to take it to a Jack Russell rescue, as someone above has already stated.

squirbel's avatar

I’ll post a craigslist ad for a 75$ re-homing fee.

I said that above. No one reads the answers – you’re stoning me because you believe one thing that isn’t true. Thanks.

chyna's avatar

You are saying that no one reads the answers, but are YOU reading them? VS above asks you to please not put it on Craigs List as there have been many reports of this site sells puppies to people who in turn sell them to labs that do horrible thing to them.

casheroo's avatar

I really do not recommend putting an ad on Craigslist. I had a terrible experience with doing that :(
We thought we found a fantastic home for our dog, we met the people and they checked out. They in turn, emailed us telling us we gave them an “aggressive dog” and had him put to sleep. It was completely shocking, he was the most docile beagle. My husband was heartbroken, as it was his dog. I still am not over it, and would never do such a thing ever again.
I hope you don’t use craigslist.

squirbel's avatar

I read Vs’s response – and I responded and said that we would interview the family.

However, casheroo’s story scares me.

@chyna – do you do everything because people tell you to, or do you rationalize? Please, do not be like that.

squirbel's avatar

Please, this topic is quite finished and resolved, I would like to stop being harassed.

casheroo's avatar

@squirbel I honestly was not trying to harass you with my story..it’s completely true and it’s one of the many reasons I will not sell a pet on craigslist.
We did adopt our one cat off of craigslist, and that went smoothly. But, that was a different scenario.

squirbel's avatar

Not you casheroo – the people who are not reading the entire thread and come in here with self-righteous bashing.

chyna's avatar

@squirbel If i have made you mad or hurt your feelings, that was not my intent. I appoligize.

SuperMouse's avatar

Just because squirbel did not do as so many folks ordered, does not mean s/he is not doing what she believes is best for this puppy. I am glad you are interviewing the families and I’m sure, especially after reading casheroo’s story that you’ll find the puppy a good home.

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