The Craigslist 'pets' section can be a goldmine for cages that are actually decent for chinchillas/guinea pigs/rabbits, since those cages are impossible to find in pet stores. However, it can also be horrific.
The sheer amount of 'free pet' ads on there are mind-blowing. Here's a tip - if you are offering your small animal for free because you don't want it anymore, it will not find a good home. In fact it may end up being eaten by a snake. I have nothing against snakes, but your pet was not bred to be a feeder animal, and it should not have to go from being in a safe home to being eaten.
I thought I'd highlight some particular ads I found to show the kind of idiotic reasoning that consistently fills our Room.
This one is just odd. I know birds aren't crazy breeders like mammals, but if you have a male and a female in a cage with a nest provided, how could you expect them to not reproduce? Maybe they didn't know a nest would prompt breeding but you know what, that drives me nuts. GOOGLE. It's your friend! Anyone can Google! And now they're not keeping any of them? I mean, do you know many people who want 5 zebra finches? I guess someone with an aviary...This one isn't actually that bad, as they come with supplies, are asking a reasonable fee, etc, but it is bizarre.
This one cracked me up. That is not a Dutch rabbit. Jingle (above) is a Dutch rabbit. You have a blue otter dwarf something. This ad also has a common feature: "must go this week-end". So many ads have this ridiculous phrase. MUST GO ASAP! Come on, if you're leaving the country, you knew that before! Why didn't you plan ahead of time? How could your pet be the last thing you planned for?
This is horrific. "I got him for my 6-year-old but he is not the snake for her." Um. NO SNAKE IS THE SNAKE FOR HER! Snakes are high-maintenance, sensitive pets. They need to be carefully cared for, and they need to live in a low-stress environment. People, do NOT get reptiles unless you know how to care for them. Do NOT get a snake for your child. That poor guy, he's gorgeous, I hope he finds someone good.
This one is infuriating. "Free to good home. My 10 year old no longer wants them. We got them off here about 6 months ago for free....so giving them away FREE."
Way to teach the children. I wonder if the free ad that originally gave those guys away also wanted them to go to a 'good home'? This is why free ads suck.
this one is particularly charming. I quote, "i havr 2 turtles i dont want...i am going on vacation and i cant take there."
What's that you say? Going on vacation isn't an excuse for dumping animals? Amazingly, I've heard this excuse a bizarre amount of times.
From one extreme to the other! Craigslist is an interesting site, that's for sure.