What we want you to do
It is important that we try to build up a picture and gather evidence of what is going on. Through your help we can identify trends and provide research which can be used to make changes to the sale of pets online.
We would like you to search Shpock, Facebook and Instagram and any other social media sites for bad adverts selling pets
Use the search function to look for adverts - these are some example key word searches: free to a good home, specific breed names like Staffie, Rottweiler, French bulldog and many others, dogs/puppies, cats/kittens, pets, exotic pets, primates, birds, pets for sale.
When looking through adverts, keep an eye out for poor quality, or adverts that you think are suspicious. The below points will give you some idea of things to look out for.
- Adverts for puppies or kittens under eight weeks old - they can’t be away from their mothers before this age
- Dogs being sold as guard dogs, or advertised as suitable for hunting
- Pregnant animals for sale
- Adverts asking to swap pets, services or goods
- Exotic pets - many of these species aren’t suitable to be kept in homes. You can find out more by reading our One Click Away report
- Adverts where the photo or text seems to suggest the welfare of the animal is suffering. For example, dirty and overcrowded cages, very underweight animals etc
- Pets advertised as being delivered by post, either in the UK or internationally
- Adverts for illegal breeds of dog, the four banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act are: the pit bull terrier, the Japanese tosa, the dogo Argentino, fila Brasileiro
- Adverts which suggest an animal may be a danger to a member of the public
- Closed groups on Facebook offering pets for sale