Gumtree PetsThursday 5 May 2011, by The media team
Gumtree.com is a local noticeboard and many people use it to find pets for sale or to find new homes for their pets. Safety in our pet section is something that Gumtree takes very seriously. We work with several welfare groups including the RSPCA and our own community to ensure our rules and monitoring systems are always up to date. All Gumtree customers benefit from community input and we value this feedback.
We’ll be blogging more about pets on Gumtree in the coming weeks, but here are the essentials to think about before using our Pet Section.
Our guidelines for finding a safe and loving new home for your pet:
- Visit the prospective new home to get a feel for the environment. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be cared for. Screen potential homes carefully.
- Don’t be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them.
- Carefully consider all the elements of the new home for your particular pet – will it get along with small children? Is the family planning to keep a dog outside? Would a cat be kept only to catch rodents? Does the family have a veterinary reference? Do not be shy about asking questions as your pet’s happiness may depend on it.
- Ask for a valid form of identification (preferably a driver’s license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.
- We wouldn’t recommend giving your pet away for free. A genuine buyer, who can offer your pet the love and attention it deserves, will be happy to pay for it.
Asking your local shelter for help may be the best option for you and your pet, they often have qualified staff trained to screen and advise prospective adopters.
Our guidelines when searching for a new pet:
- Search Gumtree for animals in your immediate local area. Long distances increase risks and make it harder to visit the pets in their home environment.
- Visit the pet’s home and see how they’re cared for. Ask to see where the animals are kept – are they inside the house in a place where they get lots of attention or are they outside? Is it similar to your own home environment? An animal used to a quiet atmosphere might not be suitable if you’re not an experienced pet , if your home is very noisy, or you have children.
- If you’re planning to adopt a young animal (which should only be from 8 weeks of age) ask to see the parents. If the owner will not let you see the parents of a puppy or kitten there may be a problem.
- Always ask about the animal’s health, and get details of any past veterinary treatment. If you’re looking for a young animal always ask about the mother’s health.
Alternatively, try visiting your local pet rescue centre. There are many animals living at these centre’s looking for a new and permanent home.
Gumtree pets posting rules:
In additional to our general posting rules, we also have specific rules for posting a pet ad. If you see an ad that you believe breaches our pet policy please report it by using the ‘report an ad’ button.