Did I get your attention? The phrase "free to a good home" (FTGH) usually gets peoples' attention, but do you know if their intentions are actually good? Can you guarantee that your loved pet will, in fact, go to a good home? The sad reality is that many animals that are acquired by the FTGH catch phrase do not end up in good homes at all.
Listed below are just some of the terrible situations your free to a good home pet could end up in. Don't get caught out. Know the risks and eliminate them.
Never assume that your pet will go to a good home just because the whole family has turned up and they all seem nice. Fraudulent people will go to any lengths to pull off a scam. No one is going to tell you straight out that your pet isn't really going to a good home. Be cautious and take your time making a decision. The well being of your pet relies on you making the best decision.
1. To be used as bait to live-train fighting dogs.
2. To be used as fish and shark bait.
3. To be given as snake food.
4. To have cash paid for supplying research laboratories with testing animals.
5. For breeding stock at puppy farms or by unskilled backyard breeders after a quick buck.
6. To be used for 'blooding' (bait) racing greyhounds.
7. For a quick re-sale by somebody else to anybody else.
8. To be "rescued" by an animal hoarder.
9. To be tortured and/or killed by an animal hater. This is especially true for cats and kittens.
If, for any reason at all, you are not totally happy about letting someone take your pet, do not give your pet to them! If you are worried about offending them, tell them you have a few more people waiting to meet your pet and you will get back to them should they be the successful adopter. What's more important, offending someone, or sending your pet off to the wrong situation?