My dog needs gone before noon…
Those are the exact words that I read on a facebook pet rehoming site recently. Seriously. The person posted the message in the morning and was basically going to give his dog away to the first person who responded. This is how I responded to the situation…
DISCLAIMER What you are about to read comes from the side of me that abhors animal abuse, animal cruelty and pure stupidity. Being that I’m the owner of my own pet sitting business, I try to be as level-headed and compassionate as possible when it comes to helping people find the right home if they can’t keep their pet. But on the day I wrote this, I had it up to my eyeballs with people being irresponsible, ignorant and just plain lazy.
My Dog Needs Gone Before Noon
I could go on and on about how crazy the person that wrote that ad was, but I won’t. I educated him the best way I knew how and that was to give him the facts. Facts about what happens to dogs given away like that, especially pittie mixes. In addition, I referred him to a few different programs that could help get his puppy neutered and places he could surrender him, Muncie Animal Shelter being one place. I hope my honesty and concern came through but who knows if it did.
Scary Truth About Facebook and Craigslist Sites
Many people on Facebook and Craigslist are flippers, hoarders and have no business adopting pets. Instead of going to their local animal shelter and adopting, they’ll pick up animals posted on these sites. The people giving away their pets often don’t check and make sure the person will provide a safe and loving home. They just want their pet gone.
Not everyone is a scammer, hoarder or animal abuser, I know. All I’m saying is use your brain. Stay informed. Watch the news. Read the newspaper. Know what’s going on in the world and maybe you’ll understand why I’m adamantly opposed to people posting their animals on these sites.
The scenarios I describe below are so atrocious. Animal abuse happens every single day. In your town, my town, in big cities and in little country towns.
Please, take this post for what it is. It’s a behind the scenes look at what many animal advocates like myself might think, but are afraid to say.
Warning: you’ll come across cursing and sarcasm, if you can’t handle it, feel free to leave this page now.
Here’s the actual facebook ad:
Free dog need gone asap like today black lab pit mix 4 months old need gone before noon
Wow…he needs to be gone before noon? Why? Will he turn into a pumpkin at noon?
Are you going to toss him out on the street if no one picks him up before noon?
Are you getting evicted and have to be out by noon?
Will he turn into Cujo if he doesn’t get a new family before noon?
What city do you live in?
Is he potty trained?
Has he been around other dogs?
Really, I’m being silly, ha f*ckin’ ha, but really dude, the likelihood of a responsible person getting him before noon when you posted the message at 8:23am is pretty damn unlikely. If you don’t mind me asking, why in the hell does your puppy need to be gone before f*cking noon?
He didn’t respond. Imagine that.
I didn’t think he would but was hoping he’d explain the short deadline and possibly give more information about the puppy. But that didn’t happen so I responded again about 3:00pm.
Here’s my second response. It received some positive attention from other people on the site, just not him…
Types of People That Snatch Up Free Dogs
Um, Nasty Beastiality Perverts
So Mr. Unrealistic Deadline Giver, it’s WAAAY after noon.
Did someone pick up your black lab pit mix puppy?
God forbid it was a crazy ass man that likes to have sex with animals. Yes, beastiality is a real thing. It doesn’t just happen in the movies or in big cities, it happens right here in Indiana, Muncie in fact. People mess with children and now they mess with animals, sick perverts!
Did a little old lady see your ad and tell you that she’d give him a good home?
Ever think that she was frontin’?
Unbeknownst to you her abusive son-in-law forced her to call you. The jerk read your ad and saw a perfect dog he could use to train his aggressive pit bulls.
You know, Michael Vick made a hell of a good living fighting dogs and your little puppy that doesn’t know any better depends on you to take care of him. But you seem to lack good judgment and only see the dilemma you’re in. You’ve decided to be selfish and give your defenseless little puppy away instead of doing your research on the potential adopter.
If your puppy does go to an idiot who wants to be like Mike your puppy will have his mouth duct taped closed and will probably have his legs bound together so he can’t defend himself. The dogs that are ‘training’ will be encouraged by f*cking idiots with small manhoods to bite on your puppy, chew him up and get the taste of blood.
They’ll test the gameness of their dogs on your puppy. They’ll see how their dogs react to a live dog and how they react to being forced to fight. Does that sound fun? Do you even care?
If they don’t tie his little legs up, they might still tape his mouth shut so he can’t defend himself at all.
That sounds like a good plan, right? Your little fella that once laid on the couch with your kids now is scared shitless because these barbaric assholes with big egos and a thirst for blood beat him.
Dogs attack him. He gets hurt and no one stops it. Is that what you want for your puppy?
Animal Hoarders and Abusers
Oh hey, maybe the old lady didn’t want the puppy but a stinky ass man knocked on your door and picked him up. He might have given you a really sob story about how his dog just died or that his granddaughter was wanting a puppy. You fell for his line of bull shit and little did you know but this man was an animal hoarder!
Now that’s gonna be a lot of fun for your once happy-go-lucky sweet puppy. Now he doesn’t have your rowdy ass kids to play with, although he’d take that in a heartbeat, now he has to fight off 50 other dogs of all sizes just to eat!
And, the dogs at this new home NEVER get to go outside to pee or shit. Isn’t that fantastic?!?
The floor is a horrible concoction of trash, layers upon layers of newspapers, dog shit, dog piss, cat piss, cat poop, rotten food, dog and cat food, human diapers, human shit, jugs of human pee and the occasional diabetic needle. Ouch, gotta love stepping on those damn things when you’re trying to outrun crazy dogs.
Your 4 month old black lab pit mix puppy gets to live in a flea infested hell hole!
He has to live in a stinky, dirty, hot mess of a house because the people are slobs, have mental illness and never clean. Their body odor is enough to make your poor dog run and hide.
When he gets ear mites or ear infections which cause pain and discomfort, he won’t get medicine. These people won’t take their pets to the veterinarian. They all suffer and eventually die, painfully.
Why You Shouldn’t Give Your Dog (Or Any Pet) Away Like This
All kidding aside, these scenarios are just examples of things that DO HAPPEN to dogs given away for free (and even to ones that are bought).
The internet is full of f*cking psychotic trolls looking for free animals. Many like to abuse them in the ways mentioned above.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are normal, healthy, happy people that intend no harm to your dog. But how would you even begin to adopt your dog out to a normal, healthy, happy person or family?
What questions do you ask? What do you look for?
Finding a good home isn’t gonna happen by placing an impossible deadline of 3 1/2 hours. That’s pretty much like sealing your dogs’ fate. You might as well take him to a shelter immediately if you only have 3 1/2 hours to wait for a potential adopter to see your little old, teeny tiny ad on a facebook free pet site.
For real, let’s jump forward a little to the next chapter in the saga Mr. I Need My Dog Gone Before Noon.
To see some things you could do to make your FREE TO GOOD HOME ad better, click this link.
Important Topic — Important Decisions
Before you go, please understand that this article is wrote in jest. It’s a commentary about an important topic that people think is trivial.
Finding a new, forever home for your pet isn’t something to take lightly.
Being a pet parent requires commitment and responsibility.
Our pet care providers here at Sit-Stay-Play can help if you need to take your pet to the shelter and you just can’t do it. There’s a small fee but it’s worth it if you’re unable to transport or can’t handle handing your dog over to a shelter.
Encouraging you to NOT be the person who says my dog needs gone before noon,
Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC
Serving Muncie, Anderson, Indianapolis pet lovers
P.S. Here’s the link to see how to write a GOOD ad for your dog or other pet, check it out…