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!

  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.

    • 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.

  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.

        • 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

  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?

  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.

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