So, you’ve decided to get a new pet, and you want to do your research. Naturally, you turn to the internet, our go-to place for browsing before we shop.
But buying a pet is nothing like other online shopping – we have a responsibility to make sure that animals bought and sold online are protected from cruelty, by giving the health care, socialisation, and the environments they need to grow up happy and healthy.
So how can you make sure that the pets you see advertised online are coming from responsible breeders? Well, if you aren’t going to visit your local shelter or animal rescue in the first instance to find a wonderful pet looking for a second chance, it’s important to know what the warning signs are for pet ads online.
We’ve put together the four red flags that you absolutely should look out for when searching for a pet online.
The most important thing to remember, though, is that you should never buy an animal online without meeting them in person first.
Meeting your new pet before you bring them home is important for so many reasons: you need to see them in real life so you can assess their health and behaviour, check their home environment to be sure they don’t come from a puppy farm and even just to see that the spark is there between you!
If you buy a pet over the internet without meeting them first, you could inadvertently be supporting puppy farms or poor breeding practices. Not to mention the fact that you could fall victim to a scam, leading to emotional (and financial!) heartbreak.
To help you screen through the thousands of ads posted daily, keep an eye out for some of these ‘red flags’ in ads which might indicate something amiss:
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