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. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    shutdown craigslist right now! this is not how u live on!

    • I would like to see craigslist track the people who are abusing the flag/block feature, and prevent them from accessing craigslist. The flaggers have been given a little bit of “power”, and they make the rest of the users lives difficult.

  2. Tania Milberg says:

    Thank you for posting this There is no reason to sell pets on when theres hundreds of shelters across the nation that can rehome pets in a more humane manner. While this does make more work for the shelters, it still in the best interest of the health of the pet. Too many breeders and puppy mills are taking advantage of this and it’s hitting animal welfare groups very hard. Please let us know what else we can do to plea with Craigslist they end this immediately.

    • You guys are liberal monsters. You want to change people’s lives by making people stop selling pets on Craigslist? Well here is a wake up call. The cost of buying and selling pets on Craigslist is far less than established chain brand stores , it is legal also in the fair trade and open markets commission . Which by the way regulates un lawful trade. You have no right to say I can’t sell my pets on Craigslist over some chainbrand store that won’t let me or gives them kennel cough aka (petsmart) how oh how should I pay for feeder mice at a store costing 5$ per mouse than buy bulk feeder mice for my snakes for 5$ at 1 mouse per $ .I won’t change and I’m making a petition to combat you monsters. You are all horrible controlling liberal monsters. It’s a free country and we aren’t hurting the animals. Everything goes fine until people like you show up and ruin it. I hate all of you and I love my animals. How about instead of trying to shut down Craigslist pets you try and regulate it instead of crying and trying to shut it down? Facebook has more pets trades of sick pets every day but you aren’t going after facebook. Hypocritical rhetoric from this petition if you ask me.

      • Typical republitard.

      • Good point. What a bunch of bitches.

      • Julia Turner says:

        RIGHT !!! WHERE ARE WE?? Is this the concentration camps of Germany !!!
        post a warning!!
        You said it good Matt .

      • Matt,

        No one is suggesting that licensed, reputable breeders should not be allowed to sell their puppies. Rather, that CraigsList has become a place where unregulated backyard breeders and puppy mills are profiting from the exploitation of innocent animals. These puppies are often sold with so little follow up that they are never licensed, spayed/neutered or vaccinated — thus perpetuating the problem of overpopulation. You should also know that pet stores like PetSmart do not sell puppies for profit, they work with shelters and rescues and offer their store as a place for those dogs and puppies to have more visibility.

        In summary, you are an idiot.


        Liberal Monster

    • Dogsellingrepublicanearningmoneytopaytaxes says:

      You people are evil!!! Your cause is senseless ! Go burn your bra . Better yet burn your bra while wearing it!! You dim witted cunts!! This is the USA dogs are personal property to sell trade and even have put to sleep at any givin moment. Who the hell do you stupid cunts think you are??? How about this get a friggin job. Do your house work like a good bitch. And stay the hell off the internet if you don’t like it. It’s not your business !! It’s not against the law! I can sell 100 dogs a dam day if I want to AGAIN animals are PERSONAL PROPERTY!!!! To be bought and sold when ever where ever . Craigslist is not your business you don’t own it and you can’t tell them to take pet section off there site. Who the hell do you think you are you dumb cunt!! It is NOT illegal to sell dogs in the USA . Go sweep your floor do something other than smoke cigarette and drink coffe getting yourself all worked up over something that is NOT Illegal to start with. Get a life get off welfare get a job become usefull in today’s society. this type off shit is why your husband cheats on you . Your kids are on drugs. And your shrink is trying too kill you by giving you medicines that will hopefully cause you too crash your car from drowsiness . Maybe you should go on the personals like many other dum cunts like you and sell your ass for quick cash . There is something that is actually illegal and is happining everyday on Craigslist personals . But nobody cares . And why??? Because it’s just you stupid bitches that piss and moan about dog sales that are Completly legal . Your on drugs welfare and selling your fat nasty ass. On the same site you want to shut down.

    • Assholes suck says:

      You’re a piece of trash thug scumbag liberal socialist cunt!

    • Assholes suck says:

      You’re mother should have used her “right to choose” on you. World would be a better place. Youre scum and want everyone to hate themselves as much as you do so you try to control everyone else.

    • Yes thankyou. Because i live in a county where there is no shelters. (And shelters outside my county wont take them ive tried) And now i have this abandond litter of 5 feral but friendly kittens that i can not take care of as i am a struggleing single mother with two kids. I guess i must drive these kittens to the middle of no where and dump them off to starve. Or maybe i should stop feeding my children to feed cats. Thanks animal rights people! We dont all live in major cities with well funded shelters.

    • robert murillo says:

      Some of comments are OK/ but if one has to sell your pet, as in my case ( For personal reasons) I do not want to give it away. when we paid over $600
      when we bought it. It sounds great to say, give it for adoption, etc. for free??

      I see postings on may sites of dogs for sale, not
      on Craig’s list, but others, and they ask $ 500 etc..

      Like anything else on life, depends on who you are.

  3. You guys are a bunch of nag bags… Shut up already.

  4. Please do yourself a favor and get a life, get some human friends your dog will thank you.

  5. Very frustrated with stupid people says:

    So now that I need to move out of town and can’t take my dog and I can’t put her on craigslist. So the only choices I have is to take her to the humane society or bring her to your house. Maybe I can find someone to put a bullet in her head but I sure can’t try and find her a good home, now can I? Thanks a lot. Find something to do with your life.

    • speaking of stupid says:

      How about committing to a lifetime when you bring a dog into your life?? There are NO circumstances that would make me give up my dog! Moving is a lame ass excuse. Take your responsibility.

      • Hey ur name title says it all, ur speaking stupid. Some of us are in the military, and out if the blue we have to deploy to war so u can sit on ur ass in freedom and say stupid stuff like this. So yea…we can’t just bring our pets with us, nor can we predict that a war will appear. So shut up with ur dumb comments.

        • SorryNotSorry says:

          If you are in the military – THANK YOU! but it is not the right time in your life to have a pet if you might be deployed. There are other temporary ways to have a pet, like fostering for a rescue or volunteering at your local shelter. OR even making money by becoming a petsitter and enjoying the company of someone else’s pet. Sorry – too many dogs die every day to be “nice” and not be blunt about it. The cycle will never end if people have the mentality that pets can be discarded.

          • Can you believe this guy?
            This person is telling someone who fights for our freedom they shouldn’t hAve a man’s best friend to

            What a terrible person and goes to show the kind of person that would support this petition.

          • Who made you God? Don’t people have any rights anymore? I wish I could send you to Siberia.

        • Maybe don’t get a pet if there’s a chance of deployment or you could have a plan in place for someone to look after them for you. Just an idea there, buddy.

          • Julia Turner says:

            You are a OCD OVSESVIVECONTROLLER F R E A K!!!!!!!! R E A L L Y !! G E R A L I F E

        • They are nuts. My ad has been blocked and now I cannot sell my beautiful doggies thru Craigslist. I hate these horrible, busybodied people. They have nothing better to do but harrass and make it hard on people. Liberals, move to the Middle East, please.

          • You are aware that they have internet in the middle east? I would block your ads from there, too.

        • Thank you Keith for serving in the military for our freedom. We adopted the best dog we ever had from a man that got deployed.

    • Frustrated with Selfish Stupid People says:

      Good ol’ typical people, only thinking about themselves and pretending like their selfishness is actually caring about their pet.

      If you had a child, would you abandon the child or put a bullet in her head if you decided you couldn’t take care of her anymore? No. You would adjust your life so your child could live happily with you.

      Maybe do the same for your dog before pretending you give a damn about her.

    • Angela Mozer says:

      This is always an of the most common…find a place where you can take your dog…this is a lifetime commitment …you should have anticipate this before you got a dog

      • Im glad you have such a great and open perspective on real life. But not everyone has that privelage. Sometimes things happen. My friend had to give her dog a new home on the last min. That doesnt allow pets because her rent house was sold out beneath her. But i guess shes just a peice of shit human and your mother terrisa here. Understanding the meek and strueles of animals. But screw your fellow man. They should all just grow up and be just as perfect and well put together as you.

  6. Very frustrated with stupid people says:

    I guess the humane society is probably swamped with dogs now, probably not accepting anymore. So what do I do now? What do I do with this living, breathing animal that wants a good home? Did the writer who proposed this offer up their house as a temporary home for the animals? Or did they at least offer another solution or place for these animals to go? How can you take away something but offer nothing else? What are these animals supposed to do? The HS can’t take them all? What were you thinking?

    • Frustrated with Selfish Stupid People says:

      Well, if the animals actually had a choice, they would stay with you. Because they trust you, and love you.

      But they can’t speak our language, and you’re too much an asshole to actually consider their feelings above your own.

      If you own a pet you should own that pet for life, not abandon her at a shelter or to some stranger online when you get bored of her or want to avoid a pet deposit. Just as your commitment to children is throughout their lives, your commitment to pets is for throughout their lives.

      When you get a pet, you own that pet for the rest of its life. Period. There are plenty of options to avoid abandoning your animal, and if you can’t think of one, maybe you shouldn’t have gotten the pet in the first place if the pet wouldn’t fit your lifestyle. Your pet counts on you. Even if you think the pet avoiding going to the shelter is better than being sold on Craigslist, it isn’t to the pet, who will feel abandoned by you no matter how you get rid of her.

      Have fun sleeping at night with that on your mind.

      • Oh I got a pet asshole and then my health deteriorated, I got MS and could no longer care for him. Not everything is black and white so stop acting like you are the only fucking person on this planet and your situation is the same as everyone else’s. If you are frustrated with selfish stupid people then stop being selfish and stupid.

        • I agree and I wonder how he treats his own children. So busy trying to change the world. More governmental control.

        • yes, they only think of themselves.
          they should group up and shut down the puppy mills, or just delete the puppy mill posts ? OR just allow adult dogs to be rehomed, and monitor the puppy ads, and take them off ?? use some common sense

  7. Donna Phelps says:

    Our family got scammed by “Lisa” near Marano on Craigslist. she sold us a Corgi puppy that had Parvo, within 48 hours, began having bloody stools within 7 days was dead despite heroic efforts to save her. Parvo is VERY deadly, contagious, and preventable with vaccinations, unfortunately scammers are mixed in the unregulated lot. This was one of the worst things my family has ever experienced. There has to be a better way.

    • There is but shutting it down is not the answer. You will only make people find more illegal means of selling pets . While Craigslist is protected by free trade and confusion it can also be regulated.

    • How about you don’t buy a puppy off of craigslist where it is prohibited? You deserve it!

  8. Dan Okoneski says:

    Pets need homes too.

  9. Robin Poggenpohl says:

    I enjoy craigslist. I do sell my dogs on it. I hand deliver my pups to there new families, if I don’t trust the people, they don’t get the pup. I drive hundreds of miles yearly, it’s an adventure! Thankyou Good People.

  10. Robin Poggenpohl says:

    Be responsible when selling pets. Be intelligent when buying a pet. I have met alot of great pet owners on craigslist. I know there are some problems out there, but together we can make craigslist a great tool for all. Thankyou.

  11. Robin Poggenpohl says:

    Another thing, Most dog breeders 98 percent are Not puppy mills. Everyone wanting our puppies are asked to come here and check the place out and meet the puppies parents. It’s there choice.

  12. You people sit there calling people names on cl and calling everybody jobless meanwhile you clearly don’t have a job yourself. People like you calling themselves advocates are so pretentious. It’s a ok for a Breeder for a license to make thousands of dollars no problem with that, it’s ok for pet land and petstores to sell pets, that never get played with and are in tight quarters, no problem with that, but let’s come down on the people actually making it affordable to own a dog or breed you like. I’m sorry we don’t all want to get a 4 years old pit bull for $150 from the shelter or dish out $600 for a 5 year old poodle from a rescue after dealing with some rude Ass, rescue people for 2 weeks that feel they can invade my privacy, and decide to see if I’m capable of owning a dog. They don’t want dogs to be rescued, they want to hold onto them “sell” them for profit, get grants and donations for their rescues and have the people owning the rescue pocket that, because they have people working for free who are idiots, all while they do the very thing they don’t want others to do. This is about competion for them let’s keep it honest here. You guys are uneducated with nothing to do pricks! Go fight for a real cause! At least the pets get homes and who cares if someone makes money of the Pets the fed, housed and raised. You buy your meat you eat, and it puts money into the pocket of the people, who raised and them slaughtered them for your taste buds, but you don’t have a problem with that do you??? Peta is against animal cruelty for instance but wants all pitbulls everywhere euthanized … touché

    • Comical you started out calling people uneducated because of the name calling then by the end you worked yourself up so much that you started calling people names. Bravo bravo 👋🏼

  13. Angela Mozer says:

    When you opt to purchase an animal on any “free” online listings you are taking a major risk. A reputable Breeder does not “advertise ” their puppies let alone post them on free listings. One posts on a free listing because they are trying to make money off of their pets. They are called backyard breeders. Many years ago most people who sold their dogs had to pay money to place an add for their dogs. With the advancement of technology we can now give away or charge for anything we no longer want or is an inconvenience for us in our current situation. We have become quite the disposable nation. I have volunteered my time rescue as a foster home for 15 years. I have seen the horrors of backyard breeders who sell irresponsibly to anyone who comes along with their wallet open. No potential buyers are screened, no education about the breed of dog etc. most of these breeders do not have the parents of these dogs health screened nor will they take their puppies back if there is something wrong with the dog medically or it doesn’t work out. A reputable Breeder will do this and have you sign a contract. With the advancement of technology these “free” posting have increased the numbers of dogs who are turned in to shelters and rescues by the thousands . The numbers are staggering and we cannot keep up. Do your research please people when purchasing a dog…read about the breed and spend some time with someone you know who may have one of these breeds. Ask the Breeder questions and be sure you see medical backgrounds on parents. Don’t expect most breeds to be happy when they are left alone by themselves for 8-9 hours a day. Most dogs love being with their people and need exercise , socialization and love

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