Tips for Avoiding Online Pet Scams
- Ask for multiple pictures of the pet, including poses with specific items (a recent newspaper, a tennis ball, etc.) to make sure the pet is real.
- Ask for a phone number for the person selling the pet and a veterinary clinic the pet has been to.
How do I buy a dog online safely?
How to Safely Buy a Puppy Online
- Step 1: Educate yourself. 1000’s of quality breeders use NextDayPets.com.
- Step 2: Protect yourself when buying online.
- Step 3: Initiate communication with the seller.
- Step 4: Interview the seller.
- Step 5: Purchase safely.
How do you know if a dog breeder is legit?
Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact that club to verify membership or check recent listings of available AKC Litters from breeders. You can also check with the BBB (www.bbb.org) and the AKC (919-233-9767) to see if there are any complaints about the breeder.
How do you spot a pet scammer?
What are the Red Flags?
- Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on other websites. Do an internet search for the pet you are considering.
- The seller asks for wiring of money or payment by gift cards.
- The price seems too good to be true.
- The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone.
Where can I sell my dog online for free?
Here are those Top 10 Dogs for sale websites that you can use to buy and sell dogs online.
- Pet Care. Pet Care is a category of Nearby Me website.
- Pet Classifieds.
- Puppy Find.
- Next Day Pets.
- Get your Pet.
- Puppy Spot.
- Only 4 Pets.
Is it safe to buy dogs online?
To buy a puppy online safely, make sure you go through a reputable breeder with good references. Be careful searching on free classifieds like Craigslist since scammers are more likely to post on them. If an ad for a dog seems poorly written or too good to be true, there’s a good chance it’s a scam.
How do I buy a dog safely?
Where to get a puppy
- Consider adoption first.
- Find a responsible breeder and visit the premises.
- Don’t get a puppy from a pet store.
- Don’t believe promises that puppies are “home-raised” or “family-raised”
- Avoid the temptation to “rescue” a puppy mill dog by buying them.
- Do your part: Pledge to help stop puppy mills!