This dog looks quite at home, but better not get too comfortable as her owner will let you have her for a $100.00 “rehoming” fee on Craigslist.
As many of you know, I lost my beloved Cockatiel, AbiGal two weeks ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her or think I hear her singing.Sadie still goes to the spot where Abi’s cage was and sighs. Abi’s boyfriend, Mr. Wild Cardinal hangs around the deck looking lost and sits on the table where Abi’s cage sat. It seems too soon, but so great is our loss that I have decided to get another bird. I know Abi would want Sadie and me to share our home and give a chance for a good life to another bird.
So I’ve been talking to rescues and putting the word out that I’d be interested in adopting a cockatiel that needs a home. Grief makes you feel strange and do odd things so in the early hours of this morning, I found myself scrollling through
Craigslist. I thought looking for a little cockatiel would be comforting, but it was anything but that. I see photos and stories all the time on my Facebook page of dogs that need adopted, dogs that were abused, and dogs that are lost. That’s sad enough, but to see the ads on Craigslist from people who are selling their dogs for profit is heartbreaking…for the dogs. Yes, I know that thousands of purebred dogs are bought and sold all the time. Sadly the ads I saw were for dogs that had already settled into a family, into a home, and now a person they loved wants to cash in on them and other animals too. There are a lot of sad stories on Craigslist and if you read behind the lines, possibly some greed and cruelty as well.
Someone in my area wants to sell a Red Husky…complete with a photo of the dog on the back seat of a car which to me indicates she’s been included in this poster’s life. The ad just says: “She is a very good dog. Moving can’t take her. 150 without papers or 200 with.” Seems pretty cold to me. Why not take her? Decided to move somewhere KNOWING your dog couldn’t go? And if circumstance are making this person move, why not just find a great home for the dog…why do people want dollars for their dogs?
Proving it’s not necessary to sell your dog there was a Husky ad where the people sounded absolutely delightful. They’ve fostered this homeless dog for a year and now need to find her a forever home. Cost? Nothing. They will evaluate the home and decide what is best for the dog. That’s how it should be.
I discovered something called a ”rehoming fee” which just seems to be a sale price in disguise. Maybe these people have a tinge of conscience and can’t put in print they want cash for their canine. I have no idea where this term got started and how it could possibly cost $125.oo for the owner of a poodle who admits they “have no time for him” to hand him over to someone who does.
As the night edged towards daybreak, my heart was heavier than when I started my search. I read about Myrrah a beautiful six month old German shepherd Husky mix whose owners work too much, live in an apartment, have no back yard, and can’t give her the love and attention she needs. Gee, I hardly think any of those things happened AFTER they got this beautiful dog. There’s a small pup available in Ravenswood with a $50.00 rehoming fee which had been $75.00 but the dog needs a good home “SOON.” And you can get a German shepherd where a rehoming fee “does apply to insure a suitable home.” I decided to call this person and see what that meant, but they weren’t home to answer my rehoming fee question.
Out of all this nonsense though,one person did make sense with this posting:
“ReHoming Fee BS…i am so sick of coming on craigslist and seeing people say a small rehoming fee to ensure a good home, that is a total bunch of bull the local animal shelter is cheaper than most of the small rehoming fees if you want to ensure a good home the only way to do that is to keep the dog yourself” (spelling as in ad)
Craiglist does say that they don’t allow ads of dogs “for sale” or from breeders, but a small adoption fee is ok. Of course if they monitored their website there might not have been a Craiglist killer or two, so don’t look for any changes in the”‘rehoming” fee anytime too soon.
There’s a very “sweet boy who loves car rides” that the person “hates” to get rid of but will for $60.00 and is willing to throw in ll the dogs toys for that “rehoming fee.” A photo of a very scared looking little dog was followed by “We have a chihuahua, miniature pinscher, wiener dog that we need to get rid of….We are asking $100 for him and his things, but the price is negotiable…. it’s just hard to put a price on something you don’t want to see go.” They were however able to put a price on him. The ad also said the dog is trained to use puppy pads, but does go outside when he can. Sounds like this little guy needs rescued. By far though, the saddest ad was where the poster not only wanted a “rehoming fee” but listed every possession the dog had from a crate to feeding bowls, collar and various chew toys and unopened treats…and each item had a separate price.
When the sun finally came up, I was exhausted. I didn’t find a cockatiel, only a lot of sad stories. I looked at Sadie and realized I’d paid a $40.00 adoption fee for her but it could hardly have been called a “rehoming fee” because she didn’t have a home at the time and none of these dogs really do either. I want to change the world and most likely never will, but if I can convince anyone that a dog is priceless, that the bond with a companion animal can never be purchased, I’ll be happy. Until then, maybe another cockatiel will just fly into our life.