How to Navigate On-line Pet Classifieds and Protect Yourself
Whether you’re looking to purchase a new pet or advertise pets for sale, the Internet is perfect for seeking out information, reputable breeders and potential pet-buyers. However, with the convenience and vast selection that on-line pet classifieds provide, there also comes the need to check references and ask lots of questions. Keep reading for great tips on how to get the most out of advertising pets for sale or purchasing a pet online.
1. Ask for references
Always ask for references. As a pet buyer, you want to make sure that the breeder from whom you’re purchasing is reputable and known for placing their animals in good homes. Actually call up the references and ask about the breeders follow-up, their health screening and the conditions of their breeding business.
If you’re a breeder and posting a “pets for sale” online classified, then you also want to make sure that your prospective buyer is the kind of person that will love and properly care for the animal. Feel free to ask them for character references or a veterinary reference if they own other animals.
2. Access the online pet/breed community
The Internet offers animal researchers a wealth of animal information, including access to pet communities with forums, image galleries and lots of breed information.
If you’re looking to purchase a new animal (dog, cat, horse, bird, etc) through an online classified ad, try locating an Internet based pet community and joining. Once you’re a member, ask questions, request referrals for quality breeders and solicit advice on your particular breed or species. It’s like a neighborhood meeting, but specifically tailored to your pet questions.
A good pet classifieds site will also include information about different breeds and animals, as well as access to these valuable communities.
3. Ask for a picture
If you’re trying to buy a dog online (or cat, horse, or bird), always ask for pictures or video. Many quality breeders will be happy to provide remote buyers with short video footage of the prospective puppy playing and interacting with his brood.
If the animal is being sold as a purebred or as having been born from registered parents, ask for scans of the parental registration along with all the paperwork. Feel free to phone up the appropriate club or registration association to confirm the information.
4. Ask questions
If you’re trying to sell an animal online through pet classifieds, don’t be afraid to ask the prospective buyer questions. You want to make sure your prized horse, puppy, bird or kitten is going to a good home, so don’t hesitate to ask about yard size or living conditions.
Buyers, the person selling you the animal should also be willing and ready to answer questions about everything from specific breed requirements to feed suggestions to how they house and care for their animals.
Remember, the Internet is a great opportunity to get in touch with qualified breeders and buyers all over the world, but with that potential comes a certain amount of responsibility. So, get documentation, ask questions, get references and access your online pet community.