It is very common to see posts on classified sites such as Craigslist and Nextdoor with headlines such as “free dog” or “free kitten.” What many people are unaware of though is that posting pets as “free to a good home” on these sites can be very dangerous. When a pet is posted as free on a site that doesn’t provide any tools or guidance on selecting the right new family, it’s easy for that vulnerable animal to wind up in the wrong hands.
Since we launched our program Rehome, it has been our mission to help keep pets off of these community websites and help facilitate safe rehoming of pets. Want to help us with our mission? It’s easy! Post a message like the one below to your local Nextdoor or to social media:
Be a hero for animals! If you or someone you know needs help finding a new home for your cat or dog, consider using Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com. It’s a safe, reliable, and free option to find a perfect new family for your cat or dog. You can post your pet for free for millions of potential adopters to see. Check out Rehome here: http://bit.ly/Rehomepetnow
If you see a post on your local Craigslist, Nextdoor, or on social media, you can also use messaging like this to send a direct message to let that person know about Rehome:
Hi there, I noticed you need to find a new home for your pet – I am so sorry to hear that! Just wanted to reach out to let you know about Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com. You can post your pet here for free and she/he will appear on Adopt-a-Pet.com searches for millions of potential adopters to see. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/RehomepetAAP
Best of luck!
These messages are just suggested wording – feel free to get creative and come up with your own as well! Thank you so much for helping to keep “free dog” and “free kitten” posts off of classified sites and giving pets the chance to be rehomed in a safer way by sharing Rehome!
P.S., The sweet pups in the photo above are available for adoption through Rehome! View them here!