Thursday, August 04, 2005


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I was about to create a “free to a good home” ad onCraig’s List for my kitties when I clicked on their disclaimer which takes you to a warning from PETA.

“As you may be aware, animals given away for free can, and unfortunately often do, meet gruesome fates. They can end up in the hands of animal abusers like Barry Herbeck, a Wisconsin man who was convicted last year of torturing and killing animals he obtained through "free to good home" ads. He confessed to taking his kids with him when responding to the ads so people would be comfortable turning animals over to him. People known as "bunchers," who obtain animals illegally from random sources to sell to research facilities for profit, often acquire animals by answering "free to good home" ads. Small animals advertised as "free to good home" are sometimes acquired by individuals who intend to use them as bait in training other animals to fight. Gerbils, hamsters, and young kittens are often acquired to be used as snake food.
Animal protection organizations all over the United States work diligently to educate people about the proper procedure for placing animals and frequently assist people in finding good homes for their animals. We routinely contact individuals who place "free to good home" advertisements to alert them to the potential perils for their animals and continuously receive appreciative calls from people who say they never knew these dangers existed.”

What kind of sick fucks are out there in the world?? I have been stressing about finding a home for my babies but I never thought that there were people out there that would respond to just do this kind of sick shit. I know I shouldn’t be surprised. But I am.

How am I going to give them up?


At 8/04/2005 09:20:00 AM, Blogger neil h said...

Don't you have any friends or family who would be willing to adopt them? Bringing them to the uk is another possibility, although one that is likely to be expensive. As a last resort, taking them to an animal shelter would be better than a small ad - the shelter should check out the home they go to and the donation will deter anybody who is unsuitable.

At 8/06/2005 04:44:00 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Why can't you bring them with you? How expensive is it? I could never part with my cat.


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