Reprimand Attempt to Profit Off Shelter Dog’s Misfortune


Target: Woman who tried to sell shelter dog on Craigslist an hour after she got it

Goal: Chastise woman for allegedly buying a shelter dog simply in order to sell her online

A Hawaiian woman tried to sell a dog on Craigslist after she adopted it from the Hawaiian Humane Society. The dog, named Sally Mae, is a Jack Russell Terrier that the woman had adopted one hour previous from the shelter. The ad’s text said the reason for selling the dog was that  ““my boyfriend & I is [sic] too caught up with work since we have 2 jobs each and she needs a family that’ll give her that attention. Please.” The ad listed Sally Mae as a five year old Jack Russell, when she was really ten, and asked for a $200 “rehoming fee” for the dog.

The Hawaiian Humane Society reached out to the woman after seeing the ad, timestamped an hour after the dog had been adopted, to see if she still wanted to keep Sally Mae. They gave her the number to the hotline for people whose new pets are having trouble adjusting since the woman told the humane society she did not believe Sally Mae was adjusting well and it wasn’t going to work out between them. Eventually, however, the woman told the humane society she was going to keep the dog.

There are suspicions the woman intended to flip the dog, but no proof. The woman said she was going to give the dog away instead of return it to the shelter in case it was euthanized. Condemn this woman for trying to make a profit off a shelter dog.


Dear Hawaiian Adopter,

Sally Mae deserves a loving home with a person forever, not someone looking to make a quick buck off of a down on its luck shelter dog. In one hour, you could not have learned so much more about Sally Mae than you did at the shelter that you knew that she could not adjust to your home. Asking for money to “rehome” the dog is also wrong and makes people suspicious of your motives.

What you appear to have tried to do with Sally Mae is morally very shady and reprehensible. The humane society offers many services to help people get their new pets settled in to their lives. Selling a shelter dog on Craigslist is inappropriate.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Johnnytang60 via Wikimedia Commons

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