Shut Down the Adoption and Sale of Pets on Craigslist

Target: Jim Buckmaster, CEO, Craigslist

Goal: End the unregulated sale and adoption of pets on Craigslist by removing the “pets” section.

Craigslist, the popular classified advertisement website, allows people to sell furniture, cars, apartments, and other personal items through online interactions. For animal welfare reasons, Craigslist does not allow the sale of any pets or animals, but the adoption of pets, with a small re-homing fee, is allowed. Although this clause is found on the website’s Terms of Use page, many Craigslist users ignore it and sell litters of puppies and kittens anyway. This causes many problems, as these pets are oftentimes coming out of illegal puppy mills and kitten mills. Unknowingly, those who end up buying these animals from Craigslist are contributing to the inhumane puppy and kitten mill industry.

Another major problem with selling and adopting pets on Craigslist is that the transactions are unregulated. Not only are people unaware of where the animals are coming from, but they are also unaware of where their animals are going. There have been many cases of people adopting free pets for cruel practices. In recent news, a man was found guilty of torturing and killing over twenty-five cats that he “adopted” from Craigslist. It has also been reported that many pets that are adopted from Craigslist are used as bait in dog fighting rings, or sold to research labs for scientific testing. In addition, some people are adopting the puppies, kittens, and small mammals on Craigslist as food for their large snakes and lizards. These buyers may pose as nice pet owners, but it is difficult to verify their authenticity without the background checks, home visits, and pre-screening tests that many animal shelters and rescues enforce.

In many cases, the people selling these animals do not have the pets’ best interests at heart and are only concerned with making a profit. Recently, one poster tried to sell three-day old puppies for $100 each. After further investigation, it was discovered that the mother of the puppies was actually a stolen dog. Without knowing for sure where the animals are coming from or where the animals are going, people posting or adopting pets on Craigslist are taking a huge risk. They may be unknowingly contributing to the cruel puppy mill industry, or accidentally selling their best friend to a life of misery and pain.

For these reasons, the “pets” section on Craigslist should be eliminated entirely. Sign the petition below to urge Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster to take a stand against animal cruelty today.


Dear Mr. Buckmaster,

I would like to encourage you to remove the “pets” section from Craigslist in efforts to end the sale and adoption of animals online. Although animals are prohibited from being sold on Craigslist as listed in the website’s Terms of Use, there is no regulation on this matter and litters of pets are being sold at prices ranging from $100 to $1500 in the “pets” section and “for sale” section. The problem with this is that many of these animals are coming from illegal puppy and kitten mills. Craigslist should not contribute to the exploitation of animals for the benefit of puppy mills and kitten mills. People who end up buying these pets off of Craigslist are also contributing to the inhumane commercialized breeding industry. Although the sale of animals is not allowed on Craigslist, it is still happening and people are getting away with it.

Another problem with selling and adopting pets on Craigslist is that adopters and adoptees do not know where their pets are coming from or where their pets are going. There have been many reported instances of people adopting free pets for cruel practices. Some animals are used as live bait for dog fighting rings, and some are sold to research facilities for scientific testing. In addition, some people are adopting kittens, puppies, and small mammals as food for their larger snakes and lizards.

Without strict regulation, those who are posting or adopting pets on Craigslist are taking a huge risk. These people may be unknowingly contributing to the puppy mill industry, or accidentally selling their pets to a life of misery and torture. In efforts to prevent animal cruelty and needless torture, please remove the ‘pets’ section on Craigslist immediately.


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  1. Although I know this is very true in more cases than we know, but I have three dogs that I have rescued from Craigslist. One was male German Shepard that was abandoned by the owner family that found him listed it on Craigslist, 2nd one was a female white American shepherd+ who was a puppy mill dog about to be put asleep at a pound, 3rd was a male registered chihuahua who a family had that there kids were very abusive to all are in good health and taken to the Vet on a regular basis.
    So all are not bad. There are pictures on my care2 page

  2. I have rescued a dog and kitten from Craigs List, and am thankful they are healthy and happy years later with me. I did sign this petition though. There are many more bad than goods that come from these postings and we should all try to make it a safer place for animals and humans alike.

  3. I adopted a shih tzu from craigslist that was flea infested and had double ear infections. She was 7 months old with no shots. I did not pay the “selling” fee the woman was asking, however I did pay a rehoming fee to get this poor baby out of her hands. I offered her half of what she was asking. She didnt care about this baby at all. Craigslist pet section is full of backyard breeders. It makes me sick. Some people claim they are rescues that breed!!! Really? Craigslist is helping these low lifes make money under the table while the animals suffer. I have seen numbers for multiple breeds of pups, private house, same phone number. I suggest complaining to the attorney general in your area and writing a letter. Craigslist pets is one big, disgusting per shop, with no health guarantees.

  4. Angie Medina says:

    I used to love shopping the free ads for garden supplies, etc but now I can’t even stand to look. I feel so sorry for the animals that are being given away bc of owner irresponsibility. I’m sorry but there’s no excuse good enough to have to get rid of your family member. If one place doesn’t allow pets then keep looking, there’s going to be someone who will allow you, your kids and your pets. Believe me, I’ve been there and I refuse to give away any of my dogs, cats, birds, etc. They’re my family, bottom line!! And YES Craigslist needs to start putting an end to some of these posts. The only items allowed to be bought or sold should me material, not living.

  5. Hi,
    I started a group on Facebook called FLAGGING Animal Sales on CraigsList, .
    You are welcome to join and re-post ads.

  6. Wow thank you so fucking much for making harder for regular people who are trying to sell pets, just to let you know your NOT STOPPING ANY THING!!! Another reason why I HATE ALL FUCKTARD ACTIVISTS!!!

    • Kathy Burnett says:

      go fuck yourself you backyard breeder.

      • Let’s see, where do people breed dogs, rabbits, pigs, horses and other animals? Oh yeah that’s right OUTSIDE IN THE BACKYARD YOU DUMBFUCK!!!

    • Jake- stop selling animals and GET A JOB…….

      • I do have a job but my 17 year old daughter doesn’t because of her fucking spick sympathetic boss fired her for dirt cheap labor! So now she has resorted to breeding her rabbits that she once gave away for free to selling them for gas money!

    • Look in the mirror Jake..You should be hating yourself, not the decent rescuers who are trying to save suffering animals!!

      • I don’t hate the “rescuers” I’ve rescued many animals from shelters, pounds and people who can’t take care of their animals. I HATE people like you! You and me will stop anyone but make it harder for average people to rehome their pets without having to take them to shelter or pound because they can’t post adds trying to rehome those animals.

        • You and me will *not* stop anyone

        • The flagging groups do not target legitimate re-home ads. Only puppy sellers, animal sales for profit, and the stud service ads.

        • This is the point. Genuine breeders and people wanting to adopt out pets will put in a bit of extra effort. If your willing to commit to 15years of looking after a pet, then you won’t mind a few extra hours to do it the right way.
          We had to give away a dog that was rescued by my brother, and we went through friends to find him a home with a young couple.

    • Oh, I see you are yet another swearing, upset SELLER! Unfortunately , you said it, we are not stopping anything.ME? I am cleaning up your trash, caring for the dogs that nobody came for that ended up in a shelter.

  7. Andrew Wilson says:

    It sickens me to think that this go’s on please sign this

  8. Annalisa Dennington Balch says:

    Jake. Animals are not commodities so be sold as a way of earning an income. Does your daughter vet perspective buyers? Does she do a pre-pet ownership and post home. ownership visit? I very much doubt it. I’m sorry but all people like you and your daughter do is add to the problem of surlus, unwanted pets once the novelty of ownership has worn off. Your daughter might be better off getting a respectable ‘job’ that pays a wage without the exploitation of animals bred in your back yard.

  9. Barbara Felton says:

    There may be some legitimate sale ads for dogs and cats. If you have an ad to sell your pet, chances are that your innocent animal could end up in a research testing facility. For people looking to buy an animal, your animal could have come from a puppy mill or a hoarder and be very ill.

    My advice to anyone looking to buy a dog or cat advertised on Craigslist, please go to your local animal shelter and adopt one of the wonderful cats or dogs there. You will be saving a precious life.

  10. My beef is that CL does not enforce it’s own rules, i.e., no selling, no stud services. Thus encouraging these nasty backyard breeders. You know what, I have posted so many detailed arguements about this on various sites, I’m done. CL does not give one shit about these poor animals that they by default encourage to be born.

    All I can do is cuddle my rescue fosters and pray that this one day will stop

  11. Ihave to agree,in home back yard breeders make me sick,i don’t care how destitute i become i will never make a dollar off of an animal,they are living ,breathing creatures that love and suffer as humans,some humans,there are those who will hand an animal over to anybody not giving a shit what happens to it,they are the lowest forms of life,kittens for snake food,cats dogs what have you for bait,you are sick,demented backwoods rednecks,get a life and spare the animals.

  12. It’s a dumping ground for unscrupulous breeders!Shut it down!!

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