WHY USE OF CRAIGSLIST, FACEBOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA TO RE-HOME DOODLES OR ANY PETS IS DANGEROUS

Finding a new home for a Doodle or any companion animal can be both emotional and time-consuming. Internet based classifieds and social media ads, may be a great way to sell your car and/or that old piece of furniture you no longer need, use, or have room for. But when it comes to the re-homing of Doodle dogs specifically, this method of advertising has proven to be extremely dangerous and in some cases, deadly to all pets needing new forever homes and families.

Classified ads online and elsewhere, and social media are a sea of inappropriate, inexperienced, unprepared people looking for Doodles for all the wrong reasons, and those who wouldn’t be approved to adopt one from a reputable, responsible rescue or shelter for a multitude of reasons.

Most horrific, is the fact that online classified websites such as Craigslist and social media sites such as Facebook, are virtual magnets that attract deviant, often dangerous criminals, who skillfully pose as respectable adopters, for the sole purpose of obtaining animals for unspeakable purposes.

Even people who’ve made heroic efforts to screen potential adopters responding to their re-home ads, have been fooled by all of the above. In many and most cases, at the expense of their poor, innocent pets.

The risks go beyond the obvious discussed in this article. Re-homing a Doodle or any pet without the aid and/or guidance of a reputable, responsible, breed or breed mix specific rescue organization, also increases the chances that your beloved Doodle may not only end up in the wrong hands, it also increases the risk your Doodle could end up being re-homed again and again if not placed into an appropriate situation from the start.

If you or someone you know can no longer care for their Doodle or any pet, we encourage you to PLEASE consider the help of a reputable, responsible rescue organization for re-homing ...  NEVER post an animal as “free to a good home” and NEVER adopt out a Doodle or ANY companion animal who hasn’t already been spayed or neutered.

DOODLES ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE!  

THE REALITY & DANGERS OF REHOMING DOODLES ONLINE VIA CRAIGSLIST, FACEBOOK AND SOCIAL MEDIA

"I can't believe that there needs to be a Labradoodle and Goldendoodle Rescue...... Why?.......  Everybody wants one!"     

That's exactly why there is such a profound need for Doodle Rescue and why DRC saves and places anywhere from 300-500 Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and other large breed Poodle mixes per year.

Everybody wants them...But not everyone should have them... 

Thanks to the constant circulation of Doodle myths and propaganda via the Internet and social media and the relentless onslaught of media hype in general, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are becoming the latest "Disney dogs" and victims of their hype and popularity.

PLEASE SEE: 

"THE HEARTBREAKING TRUTH ABOUT DOODLE DOGS"

As a direct result of this hype, there are now more Doodles needing rescue/re-home assistance than ever before and more inappropriate families and individuals seeking them out on Internet based classifieds such as "Craigslist" and on social media sites such as "Facebook."

Doodle-specific, social media groups on Facebook are of particular concern as of late. They are literally overrun with inappropriate people ("trolls") looking for free and/or "cheap"  Doodles.  People who are not only unable to provide an appropriate and/or suitable home for your Doodle, but who could also potentially be putting your Doodles life in danger.

Below are a few examples of those who would not qualify to adopt a Doodle from DRC and why; and those of an even more dangerous nature who could potentially be putting your re-home doodle's life at risk with use of Craigslist and Facebook for the re-homing of pets.

INEXPERIENCED, FIRST-TIME DOG OWNERS & FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN ON FACEBOOK & CRAIGSLIST

Contrary to all of the hype, Doodles are often not appropriate dogs for families with small children for a multitude of reasons. This subject alone, could literally be it's own book never mind part of an article.

Doodles require a significant investment of large amounts of time, training and social interaction on the part of their owners. They also require a significant financial investment when it comes to basic care as well.

Due to the overwhelming responsibilities and demands that come with the raising of small children, many families with small children are:

* unable to provide a doodle with the time, attention and training these dogs typically require and deserve.

* Are not financially prepared to take on a doodle's extensive care expenses such as: grooming every 6 weeks, veterinary care, monthly preventatives, emergent veterinary care, premium food expenses, training expenses etc.

* FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN - Behavioral issues with young children in the home or lack of time to devote to a doodle because of family obligations, are the number one and number two reasons why so many doodles end up losing their homes. In many if not most behavioral cases we encounter, the doodle is stressed within the often noisy and chaotic, multiple child environment and/or is interacting with the children in an inappropriate manner due to lack of leadership and direction on the part of the adult owner(s) ..... Or to put it simply, "owner error." 

* Inexperienced first time dog families – Contrary to the hype, Doodles are NOT appropriate dogs for first time dog families for the same reasons listed above. Consequently, DRCs policy is to NOT adopt rescue doodles to individuals or families who have never owned a dog as an adult, or those who have never lived with a dog at all.

PLEASE NOTE: Over 90 percent of the doodles that end up in the DRC Rescue Program are here because of issues with, or related to, the presence of young children in the home of origin. 

Of those casesMORE THAN HALF of the re-homing families with small children were or are, FIRST TIME DOG OWNERS.

For a better understanding of our policies PLEASE SEE: 

"WHY DRC DOES NOT ADOPT TO FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND FIRST T...

BUNCHERS, BROKERS & CLASS "B" ANIMAL DEALERS ON CRAIGSLIST

Many inquiring about your doodle on "Craigslist" are "bunchers""animal brokers" or"class B dealers" who haunt classified postings looking for "Free to Good Home" ads placed by people seeking to re-home their family pets.  

"BUNCHERS" - A "buncher" is someone who bunches multiple often stray, stolen or otherwise illegally obtained animals together into large "lots" for sale to "Class B" or "random source" animal dealers."   A large number of buncher animals are typically obtained from "free to good home" ads on Craigslist and Facebook.

 

CLASS "B" ANIMAL DEALERS - Class B or "random source" animal dealers are actually licensed by the US Department of Agriculture in the states where they conduct business....That is they were, until President Obama signed the 2016 Spending Bill in which Congress unanimously voted in favor of the systematic defunding of USDA licenses for Class B dealers and the end of this practice.

All that Class B animal dealers did prior to this congressional ruling, was buy and sell animals to laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, universities, vet schools and cosmetic companies for scientific research, vivisection, laboratory or pharmaceutical  experimentation and/or drug testing.

Many of the poor animals that end up in the hands of Class B dealers are obtained from "Free To Good Home" ads on Craigslist and Facebook.

 

These people will often pose on "Craigslist" as perfectly respectful adopters and have you believing they are going to provide a wonderful home for your re-home doodle. 

In reality what they will do is turn around and sell your family pet to the highest bidder and condemn your doodle to life in cage, unspeakable pain, suffering and inevitable death in the name of research.

DOG "FLIPPERS" ON CRAIGSLIST & FACEBOOK

You’ve probably heard of "house flipping."

House flipping:  is a term used primarily in the United States to describe purchasing a revenue-generating asset and quickly reselling (or “flipping”) it for profit. Though flipping can apply to any asset, the term is most often applied to real estate.

But have you heard of "dog flipping?"

Dog flipping is a term used when someone steals or fraudulently adopts a dog from either an individual, family or an animal shelter and then sells it on Craigslist or other Internet,  pet classified sites to make a profit. 

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials report that "pet flipping" is on the rise throughout the United States.

Pet flippers are criminals who troll virtual classifieds, buy/sell/trade sites like Craigslist, and animal shelter pages and breed specific dog groups such as those devoted to doodles on Facebook. They set up mock profile pages, even post photos that do not belong to them for the soul purpose of creating the illusion that they are legitimate, responsible pet owners and adopters.

Once they actually have an animal in their physical possession, they turn around and sell them for profit on Craigslist and/or other virtual classified websites such as puppyfind.com, Kijiji, Next Day Pets to name a few.

To learn more about "pet flipping" see the article featured in Time Magazine at the link below.

http://business.time.com/2013/07/16/pet-flipping-is-now-a-thing/ 

DOG FIGHTING RINGS ON CRAIGSLIST

Others posing as adopters are actually "dog fighting rings" looking for "bait dogs." Baiting is a blood sport used for entertainment and gambling. After acquiring your doodle via your ad on Craigslist, dog fighters will chain and confine your doodle in a fight ring rendering it immobile, unable to escape an attack or defend itself, and will then set their fighting bully breed dogs against your dog for sport. Bait dogs more often than not, die from the horrific wounds they sustain as result of this practice and the sheer terror your dog will be forced to endure is unimaginable. 

A large majority of innocent dogs used in "baiting" are obtained from "free to good home" ads on Craigslist.

DO NOT RE-HOME UNALTERED PETS!

DISREPUTABLE BREEDERS (PUPPY MILLS, BACKYARD BREEDERS) ON CRAIGSLIST & FACEBOOK

If your re-home doodle happens to be unaltered (not spayed or neutered), a "free to good home" ad or one asking for a minimal "rehoming fee" on Craigslist, could easily result in your former family dog being fraudulently adopted by a puppy mill breeder or backyard breeder in disguise.  A "puppy mill" is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. A"backyard breeder" is basically the same but on a smaller scale.

Puppy mills typically house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters. In a puppy mill, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked in columns in unsanitary barns and outbuildings that are not temperature controlled in any way regardless of the season.

When female breeding dogs in puppy mills reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, (typically by age 5-7) they are often killed by puppy-mill breeders via horrific and inhumane methods. Because puppy mills focus on profit, dogs are often bred with little regard for genetic quality and absolutely no consideration for their health and well being.

Life in a puppy mill is quite literally, a fate worse than death for any dog.

"Puppy millers" and "backyard breeders" scour Craigslist and Facebook specifically looking for unaltered “free to a good home” doodles and other highly desirable dog breeds and breed mixes. They will go to great lengths to appear legitimately interested in providing a perfect, loving home for your dog. They present themselves as well-to-do, responsible dog lovers. They often bring children along to meet the dog and owner to avoid suspicion. They will make up elaborate stories about previous pets, a perfect home and yard, and promise to provide a loving forever home to the helpless animal.

What will happen in reality is that your former family pet, who you think is going to a wonderful home, will end up spending the rest of his/her life as an abused, neglected caged, starved, malnourished, unloved breeding machine until it's tragic and premature death by abuse.

FRAUDULENT/DISREPUTABLE "RESCUES" ON CRAIGSLIST AND FACEBOOK

Still others who will respond to your ad are fraudulent and or disreputable "rescue" organizations.  They will list and sell your doodle under the guise of rescue and will NOT screen, conduct home visits or follow up of any kind once your doodle is "sold" to the highest bidder on the Internet. Please be sure to screen anyone who responds to your Craigslist ad or contacts you through your "Facebook" post claiming to be either a "doodle rescue" or a "doodle rescuer." 

Please be sure you are communicating with the real Doodle Rescue Collective Inc. before you surrender your doodle to any alleged "rescue" or "rescuer" offering you re-home assistance. 

THE SAD REALITY OF ANIMAL SHELTERS

PLEASE DO NOT SURRENDER YOUR DOODLE TO A SHELTER! 

FACT: Labradoodles and Goldendoodles DO NOT do well in shelter environments! Reactivity due to extreme fear and stress are often mistaken as "AGGRESSION" and many doodles are euthanized in error because of this fact. 

 

By law, stray pets must be kept several days at a shelter in order for their owners to have an opportunity to reclaim them. They may not be destroyed until that period of time or "stray hold" has expired. Each shelter is different depending on the laws of the state and in many cases the county within that state where they are located.

These laws DO NOT apply nor do they protect dogs that are surrendered or given up by their owners...

Owner surrendered dogs MAY BE DESTROYED AT ANY TIME.

Shelters really don't want to euthanize all the animals they are forced to destroy. They simply do not have a choice.  Shelters today are so overcrowded, your doodle could literally be euthanized the same day it arrives. 

This risk increases if your doodle is:

* a senior (over 7 years of age),

* black in color, (SEE "BLACK DOG SYNDROME"

* large in size

* has health problems

* has poor attitudes towards other dogs and/or humans. 

Being a desirable "designer dog" will NOT increase your doodle's chances of being adopted in most rural areas of North America.

 

True "no-kill" shelters are few and far between and are often very selective about the dogs they bring into their facilities.  

Please contact DRC immediately if you are considering surrendering your doodle to an animal shelter or if you must re-home your Doodle for any reason.

PLEASE ALLOW DRC THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH

FREE, CONFIDENTIALREPUTABLE & RESPONSIBLE RE-HOME ASSISTANCE AND/OR GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF RE-HOMING YOUR FAMILY PET.

TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE, PLEASE COMPLETE OUR 

DRC REHOME ASSISTANCE ONLINE FORM

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