Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Does giving someone money for their unwanted pet encourage irresponsibility?
I dont think it encourages irresponsibility.
If you buy a dog out of a bad situation, can you say you rescued the dog? What about if it was a fairly good situation but the family just couldn't keep the dog anymore due to moving or other life changes?
I would consider it a "rescue" for both questions.
Is CL just as good a place to get an adult dog as rescue or the shelter?
Yes and no. The majority of the people looking to rehome/sell dogs on craigslist are liars. They will lie about the dogs temperment, if they have bitten, if they are potty trained, how long they have had them, where they got them from, etc. As alot of the members on this forum know I got an adult GSD/Husky mix off of craigslist, the owner made him out to be a saint, he was supposedly a great dog with no issues. I get him home and discover he's not house broken, he has dog aggression, toy aggression, anxiety issues and he growls at people.
My friends purchased a female Doberman off of craigslist, I dont recall what price they paid for her but she was 9 months old and unspayed. The owners said they couldn't keep her where they lived because there was a Doberman ban there and they just moved there and had no idea about the ban. They also stated they spent alot of money buying her from some stellar breeder when she was a month old. Come to find out that those owners only had her for a couple of months and they were her 3rd owners and there were pitbulls living in their apartment complex so I dont believe the whole breed ban excuse. When my friends brought her home she was a little stubborn but a total sweetheart, they have had her for about 5 months now and she is a WONDERFUL dog and has become my guy friends favorite amongst the 2 dogs.
I think you have a 50/50 chance getting a good dog from craigslist but I think going through a rescue would be the better way to go.
Sinister ~ black male GSD 3.11.09