Posting pet ads, our new policy
We recognize that there are many reputable and accredited breeders continuing excellent lineages in Canada. In fact, several members of our team have purebred pets that they love and adore. However, classified sites are not qualified or capable of distinguishing between these legitimate breeders and those simply profiting from the trafficking of animals with no regard to the issues that plague animal welfare such as pet overpopulation, puppy mills, and animal safety.
We will continue to allow the private rehoming of pets and the adoption of pets from rescue organizations to help find forever homes for animals in need.
We are working hard to make this transition as smooth as possible and hope that our users understand that as a company we are committed to the welfare of animals. This is a big step for us and our team are manually reviewing every pet ad on each of our 84 local classified sites across Canada, the UK and US. We ask that you work with us during this transition and if you do see pet ads that you suspect should no longer be on our sites, please use the “Report Ad” button, in the top right corner of any ad.
We expect this change to our pet posting policy will have little to no impact on reputable breeders as they have established ways of connecting with potential pet owners such as; participation in the Canadian Kennel Club and breed specific clubs, word of mouth recommendations, websites and social media channels.
Many reputable breeders don’t breed until they have a waitlist of owners ready – when you see ads for pets sales on classified sites, this may indicate that the breeder has produced pets without a waitlist, potentially contributing to pet overpopulation issues. If you are looking for a purebred puppy or kitten from a breeder, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has some excellent guidelines for choosing a reputable and responsible breeder.
No matter how you decide to adopt a pet into your family, Used.ca recommends that your pet be spayed or neutered when they are old enough (speak to your vet about what’s right for your pet). We encourage those rehoming through our sites to spay or neuter the pets prior to adoption, but since we aren’t able to regulate this, we can only educate our users.
If you have any questions for us, we welcome a chance to answer them. Please email Feedbacks@Used.ca or comment below. We are looking forward to furthering our work with humane societies and reputable rescue organizations.
Why haven’t you taken down ads for free pets?
We understand the concerns around ads for free pets and that’s why we, along with the BC SPCA, absolutely recommend a rehoming fee.
The option for posting a household pet for “free” has been removed from our sites. In addition, household pets no longer appear in our popular free category.
Some users may choose not to request a fee as they do not want to be perceived as profiting from the rehoming of their pet. Money is not the only qualifier for selecting a suitable forever home for pets, we encourage those rehoming to do their due diligence.
We have a live moderation team that views every household pet ad before it is displayed on our sites. We hope our community of users will continue to be vigilant in alerting us to suspicious ads by clicking the “Report ad” button.
What is a reasonable rehoming fee?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all rehoming fee for household pets. Along with the BC SPCA, we recommend that those rehoming a pet do their research and look at things like: what are other pets of the same bred being rehomed for, the age and health of the pet, and the rehoming/adoption fees at your local humane societies or SPCA branches.
What about horses?
Based on industry feedback, we’ve moved horses to their own category in Farming & Agriculture. Our new policy, protecting household pets, is another step in raising industry standards to improve animal welfare. We’re welcoming feedback.
I don’t actually profit from the pets I breed, why can’t I still post?
Profit margins are irrelevant, this new policy is to stop unscrupulous breeders from exploiting animals through online pet sales. This is being done to protect the welfare of animals and those who are legitimate breeders. Classified sites like ours are not qualified to distinguish between reputable breeders and those breeding with little regard for animal welfare. Therefore we are prohibiting household pet ads from all breeders.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has provided recommendations on finding reputable breeders: http://cfhs.ca/athome/1133.