For pet lovers, the craigslist ads are a bit like a magic wand, offering both the excitement of being able to find your new best friend, and the convenience of knowing that if you’re lucky enough to find a home for your beloved animal, you’re likely to find someone who will care and cherish it.
“The thing that really excited me was when I first started looking at Craigslist, I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, I have this dog!'” says Peter Colbert, who has lived in Denver for 25 years and recently moved back to Denver.
His new roommate has been his friend since he moved to Colorado in 2013.
Colbert says that for the most part, Craigslist has been a wonderful place to find pets, but the ads can be a bit overwhelming.
“I think the main thing I’ve found is people who are looking for pets, and they’re looking for homes, but they’re not really looking for people,” he says.
If you’re looking to find out more about a particular pet, Colbert suggests looking for the “best of both” in the listings.
He says that if a pet has a health condition that might be a reason they’re no longer a suitable home, the listing might include a message like “If you have a health problem and can’t afford to keep this pet, it may be best to let someone else take care of it.”
Colbert also encourages pet owners to check the condition of the pet on the pet’s original owners’ Facebook page.
And if you find a dog that’s sick or injured, Colbritt says it’s always good to contact the owner before leaving a note.
Colbert has found that his pet can sometimes be adopted if the owner decides to give it a try.
For example, Colberts brother, Mark, adopted his dog, Bubbles, when he moved in with him.
Colberts roommate, Pete, who is also a veterinarian, has adopted Bubbles several times.
Colbritt is not opposed to the idea of giving his dog to someone who wants to take care and raise him, but he says the more important thing is that the pet gets a loving home.
“The biggest thing for me is that he gets to live with me, and I get to spend time with him,” Colbert says.