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I've been seeing alot of beautiful dogs on the local craigslist lately. Alot of free small breeds too. There is a free Lhasa puppy on the syracuse ny craigslist right now. A beautiful husky for rehoming on there too.

http://syracuse.craigslist.org/pet/1261575424.html
http://syracuse.craigslist.org/pet/1261825752.html
http://syracuse.craigslist.org/pet/1261703508.html

alot of supposedly 'surprise' litters too.

Anybody else noticed this? Not too many in the local papers seems like they are posting them online now instead of in the papers.
 

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There are always tons of animals available on CL - though it's possible your area is having a spike in rehoming or something similar.

The internet is definitely taking over the paper when it comes to get alerts and information out there. It's faster, reaches more people, easier to make listings on, etc.
 

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There are always tons of animals available on CL - though it's possible your area is having a spike in rehoming or something similar.

The internet is definitely taking over the paper when it comes to get alerts and information out there. It's faster, reaches more people, easier to make listings on, etc.
i see rescues are also now using craigslist as a means of placing animals in homes.

I got my two kittens off of craigslist. And im glad i did because i love their personalities.
 

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Don't forget, the economy is still bad. The more people who lose their jobs, the more pets there will be losing their homes.
 

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Don't forget, the economy is still bad. The more people who lose their jobs, the more pets there will be losing their homes.
yea i forgot bout that but some of the excuses you see on there are way out there though. I've seen pups on there because the owner couldnt potty train them.
 

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It's blown up in my area, too. Same with animal control. My boyfriend is FREAKING out because there is a beautiful German Shepherd there. He's fully vetted and fixed (rare for an AC dog) and comes with his obedience certificates and CGC, which is not rare at AC it just doesn't happen. I'm giving him serious thought.
 

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there was a pure white german shepard mix on the syracuse craigslist he dog was beautiful looked like a white shepard not a mix at all to me at least.
 

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Another HUGE problem is all of these pet limit and mandatory spay/neuter laws that are being passed. People can't afford to get their animals altered or they have too many animals, so they try to place them or they dump them.
 

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we have nothing like that around here. alot of the ones i see are either really old or really young. OR due to divorce. Someone was giving away an older great dane and its companion a pom.

I told my bf he is lucky we cannot afford a ton of animals or we'd have a zoo...lol. I've seen a lot of free horses too.
 

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There have been a ton of puppies and dogs for sale on my employee bulletin board at work in the past 2 months or so.....one today made me really said.....Min pin puppies for sale....and they were also trying to sell the mom....all with no papers and for 150 each...why breed an animal then try to get rid of it?....wish they would have given her up before breeding her :(
 

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We've seen a BIG increase in re-homing dogs at the moment as well. We've had to post loads of fliers at the clinic and I've seen more on craigslist.

Other than the surprise litters, I think most of it has to do with the economy. We have even had a few clients at the vet who had to find a new home for their animals. It's sad, but all I can say is in some ways if you truly cannot afford to give them a happy, healthy life at least (SOME of these people) are attempting to find them possibly good homes.
 

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There have been a ton of puppies and dogs for sale on my employee bulletin board at work in the past 2 months or so.....one today made me really said.....Min pin puppies for sale....and they were also trying to sell the mom....all with no papers and for 150 each...why breed an animal then try to get rid of it?....wish they would have given her up before breeding her :(
A last ditch effort to make some cash before dumping her, I suppose.
 

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The internet is just showing what people have been doing for ages - breeding irresponsibly and then they can't get rid of them, or they didn't realize that people who bought them might want to give them back, or getting an impluse puppy and not training it. I think something like CL just shows this more openly since we are all so connected now. People now know they can dump them on the internet (hopefully) - at least it prevents the "burlap sack" solution (I cannot even fathom how anyone could be so heartless).

However, many people are in a financial situation that they can no longer house, feed, or give proper vet care to their pets. If you suddenly lost your job or house, do you have a backup plan for your pets? We actually made a backup plan for ours just because we were unsure if our business would survive the recession (so far, it has). But it is comforting to know that we have a place for them if we are "up in the air" - and we have pet insurance, too, just to make it easier for us or anyone who may have to take care of them temporarily.

If I had a ranch, I would have a lot of pets! Right now, 2 dogs and a cat is all I can handle! I can't even look at CL ... I would want them all!
 

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A last ditch effort to make some cash before dumping her, I suppose.
Or maybe after she got pregnant someone lost their job--or maybe they had expectations from the stud owner that never came to pass--or maybe one of their children got sick--or maybe any number of things that you don't know occurred. There is no point in being judgmental unless you have all of the facts.

The internet is just showing what people have been doing for ages - breeding irresponsibly and then they can't get rid of them, or they didn't realize that people who bought them might want to give them back, or getting an impluse puppy and not training it. I think something like CL just shows this more openly since we are all so connected now. People now know they can dump them on the internet (hopefully) - at least it prevents the "burlap sack" solution (I cannot even fathom how anyone could be so heartless).
Not every person who breeds does so irresponsibly. That being said, even before the Internet, the local newspaper was a hotbed of BYBs selling puppies or kittens or bunnies or any other impulse pet. The Internet has changed nothing; rather, it is a tool, like any other, and like any tool it has expanded the "reach" of the people who use it.
 
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