While the internet is a great way to research and look for your new best friend, you should absolutely avoid buying a pet online.
Poor practices can place animals at serious risk, and can also mean consumers risk being deceived and disappointed.
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.
Can you buy animals online?
There is no law as such that can prevent you from buying animals online. I see frequent ads of pets for sale on so-called reputable sites such as Indiamart. So, the answer to your question is – YES. Buying any kind of animal isn’t worth it – be it online or offline.
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!
How can I not get scammed for a puppy online?
Tips for Avoiding Online Pet Scams
If they do give the phone numbers, call and ask questions. If the seller says they are in a particular state but asks you to send money elsewhere, especially another country, avoid it. If the seller/breeder is not located in the US, avoid it.
Will breeders ship dogs?
Professional dog breeders do not ship dogs and many will not allow young puppies to fly. Responsible breeders want you to drive the puppy home.
Is Puppyfinder com a reputable site?
PuppyFind.com is a bulletin board service so we do not guarantee that the seller’s that post on the site are legitimate, but we do offer Buyer Tips on every ad to assist in a safe transaction. The website has not been hacked, but scammers have been able to hack a seller’s account by answering a phishing email.