Craigslist.org is an online forum where users can place classified ads for just about anything. The site allows users to post ads to re-home, but not to sell, pets of all kinds.
While thousands of users peruse this resource daily, giving your ad a lot of exposure to potential adopters, you’ll have to carefully screen candidates to ensure that your furry friend receives a good home.
Place the Ad
Craigslist allows users to post ads online for free with or without an account, using a valid email address. Post your ad in the city you live in or the city closest to you. Place your ad in the “community” section of the website. Include several clear pictures of your pet to give potential adopters a good idea of what he looks like.
Craigslist users can respond to your ad directly, via email or phone. Ask potential adopters why they want to adopt your pet and what kind of home they can provide for him. Always check their drivers license and take down the numbers.
Ask them if they live in a rental or own a home. Renters move much more than homeowners, so your pets situation is much less stable since a lot of places do not allow pets and are breed specific.
Advise them that they are subject to a criminal records search, (this will ward off the “baddies”). If you’d like to obtain a free criminal check on your potential adopter click here for a free search. Have them fill out an “adoption contract” with all their information and their vets phone number.
Request a home visit with a potential adopter. If an adopter refuses, don’t re-home your pet with her, as she may have something to hide or may have improper intentions for your pet.
Bring your pet to the home of the adopter. Allow the pet to interact with the potential adopter and family. If all goes well, explain your pet’s routine to the adopter so she can use it to ease his transition into his new home.
How a reputable nonprofit rescue can help you at no charge to you…
They can let you show your pet at their weekly adoption event, so the public can meet him/her and fall in love.
Good luck to you. Lots of people want dogs and cats for the wrong reasons. The quality of your pets life for the next years depends on you making smart and compassionate choices for him now.