Losing your beloved pup is a dog parent’s biggest fear, but seeing their sweet face staring at you from a Craigslist ad with the words “For Sale” is even worse.
That’s exactly what’s happened to numerous pup owners, like Sarah Cantano of Colorado. When her dog, Mumble, went missing, a distraught Cantano scoured Craigslist and was shocked that someone she didn’t know had posted an ad to sell her pooch.
The criminal who stole Mumble would not respond to Cantano’s emails, but her neighbors and local police rallied to help her get her pup back. Sadly, not all of these Craigslist scams have such a happy ending. People who end up purchasing the stolen dogs are just as heart-broken to learn the truth about their new pack member. Thankfully, there are people like Thomas O’Shea of Ohio who do the right thing.
* Get your pooch microchipped, so that they can be identified even if their collar and IDs are missing.
* If your pup is missing, take to social media in addition to posting fliers around the neighborhood. Include a description of your dog, clear photo, the name(s) they answer to, and your contact information.
For more tips for recovering a lost pet, check out this pawsome article from the ASPCA. If you are in the market for a new furry friend, please consider adoption. You’ll know you won’t be supporting criminal activity or puppy mills, and you’ll be saving a life.