Posted October 16, 2018 08:19:49When I first bought my dog, I figured it would be easy.
After all, it had been rescued from a slaughterhouse and had been well cared for.
But as time went on, I began to realize just how big a risk this pet had taken.
Craigslist is a major hub for buying and selling pets and for finding good homes for them.
The site’s popularity is partly fueled by its simple format and its lack of ads.
But the site also attracts people who want to make a quick buck.
“It’s not a fun, cheap way to do it, but it can work,” said Craig Schulman, owner of Craig’s Pets in Nashville.
“The craigslist market is a real opportunity.”
Craigslist offers a wide variety of pet and animal related items including dog toys, cat litter, dog treats, dog food, and even pet insurance.
But it’s one of the few sites that is not subject to a federal government regulation, which is called the Fair Housing Act.
That means it doesn’t have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Americans With Disabilities Education Act (AEDEA).
Craigslist allows sellers to advertise their pet through its “craigslist dog” feature, which allows users to upload pictures of their dogs and pets.
But these ads are subject to the FTC’s anti-spam rules.
And if you want to find a pet, you have to do some digging.
“People don’t like to do that,” said Schulmans owner, Craig Schulzman.
“If you see a listing on craigslist and it says it’s a family pet, and then you see it’s for sale and it’s not, you don’t want to do the search and say, ‘What does this dog want?’ because it’s like, ‘No, it’s my pet.'”
Schulman said he usually searches Craigslist for a pet that he or someone else owns and will pay anywhere from $50 to $200 for a dog.
But when I first started looking for a new pet, the ads were pretty tame.
He had to go to a shelter and pay an additional $100 to get a new dog.
Schulmans dog, a boxer mix named Mimi, was rescued from the slaughterhouse in 2010.
It was taken to the animal shelter for two months, but was eventually adopted by a shelter volunteer.
“There’s a little bit of a stigma around the dogs, and people think it’s cute and they want to have one,” said Shulman.
He added that he’s noticed a shift among pet buyers, which means they are now more likely to use Craigslist.
“I think people are realizing that, yes, you can make a living out of selling your dog on Craigslist,” he said.
“But you have a much bigger risk that they will be sick, or they will die, or something bad will happen to them.
They may not be able to be with their family.”
In the first three months of 2019, Craigslist saw a 50 percent increase in pet sales.
Schulzman said Craigslist has become a great place to buy pets, as long as you are careful about who you sell to.
“Do you really need a dog, or do you want someone who’s really interested in your dog and you can trust that person to take care of it?” he said, adding that many pet buyers are not trained in pet care and are buying from someone who has.
“They’re just putting a bunch of dogs on the site because they think they can sell them on Craigslist for $100 or $200,” he added.
The FTC says that if you have concerns about the legality of selling a pet online, you should contact the FTC at 1-800-FTC-HELP (800-382-4357).