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No More "Free to Good Home" Ads!

Updated on October 13, 2012
Basket full of kittens
Basket full of kittens | Source

'Free To Good Home' Pet Ads Are Dangerous

Call me daft, dense, dumb, naïve, or “special” but my ignorance can be your gain. I was appalled to learn this week that Free to Good Home kittens and puppies may be put in real danger, even fatal situations, once adopted.

Let me start at the beginning. I have 3 kids, 4 cats and a dog. My only female cat, Bella, had 5 babies a little over 2 months ago. Yes, I DO spay and neuter my pets BUT I didn’t realize Bella was old enough to get pregnant. I know – let me repeat my statement from above. “Call me daft, dense, dumb, naïve, or ‘special’ but my ignorance can be your gain.” Okay, now that we have that out of the way I will continue my story. The birth of the kittens brought me to a total of 3 kids, NINE cats and a dog. I am moving in less than a month and I cannot take all these animals with me. Thankfully the kittens were just old enough to be weaned and given to new loving homes where they can spend the rest of their days being lazy and eating high-protein specialized cat foods.

This is the first kitten I got re-homed.  He is just as sweet as he looks!
This is the first kitten I got re-homed. He is just as sweet as he looks! | Source

Re-homing a Pet Can Be Tricky

I placed ads in the local newspaper and on Craigslist for my kittens. I advertised them as free to good, loving homes. I was excited, giddy even, that I was getting so many responses to my ads almost immediately. I shared the great news with my close friend Jim (aka TheManWithNoPants) who pointed out that all the responses and inquiries for my kittens were from men. I laughed off my friend’s tendency to be overprotective and I corresponded with the interested parties. Each person seemed to want a different kitten so it looked as though it was going to work out perfectly!

My first kitten went to a middle-aged couple who had been looking for a male baby for a few weeks. The couple met me in a busy parking lot and looked over all my kittens. The woman snatched up the fattest, fluffiest of the group and hugged him to her neck, beaming like a new mama. I talked to the couple for a good 15 minutes and they played with all the kittens. They ooh’ed and aah’ed over all of them and told me sweet stories about other cats they had once owned. When I peeked in the couple’s car I saw a couple bags of kitten food, a litter pan and a bag of litter. I felt very sure my kitten was going to get a new loving home. I went home elated.

Pile of kittens!
Pile of kittens! | Source

Once home I replied to the rest of the men who had expressed interest in the kittens. I told them, via email, that my husband and I would love to meet with them in a public place so they could see the kittens. I was bummed out when none of the men expressed further interest. All communication stopped – and it has been several days. I was beginning to wonder what was going on when I got an email from a young man who was interested in my male gray tabby. His email said he had a gray tabby just like it a few months back but when he broke up with his girlfriend she took the cat. He said he misses having a cat in the house and that he is a great pet owner. He left me his telephone number and asked me to call with more information. When I finally got around to calling this nice young man back I had to leave a voicemail with MY phone number for him to call ME back. He returned my call at 10 pm that night. I was once again excited that someone was interested in my sweet little fuzz balls.

Baby the Kitten
Baby the Kitten | Source

Kittens As Snake Food?!

As I talked to the young man red flags went up and bells went off - but I chose to ignore them.

The conversation went like this:

Me: So you had a cat before and lost it in a breakup?

Him: Yes. And I am a great pet owner. Have the kittens been to a vet?

Me: No, not yet.

Him: Well what kind of screening procedure do you have in place? I know most people get animals off Craigslist for less than nice reasons.

Me: Wait…humor me here. Im a little naïve and I have no idea what you mean. I have to ask – what kind of not nice reasons would a person want a kitten!?

Him: Well the person might want to abuse the animal or maybe shouldn’t have pets because they’re just going to neglect it. I have had all kinds of pets from dogs to boa constrictors.

Me: *Bells dinging and flags a-flying*

Him: Well, I don’t have time off until Tuesday so I will call back and touch base with you Sunday or Monday to set something up to see the kittens.

Me: Okay, sounds – oops! Gotta cut this short, my other line is beeping. Thanks for calling – bye!

How could ANYONE hurt this precious little girl?
How could ANYONE hurt this precious little girl? | Source

The next day at work a co-worker asked me how the hunt for homes was going. I told her about the rapid response to my ads and she said “Oh, no. No no no – you DO know why people adopt free kittens from Craigslist, right? They feed them to their snakes.” I was suddenly sick to my stomach thinking about all the kittens I have re-homed over the years. All the sweet little faces that I stared into while brushing fur, all the soft little baby purrs I heard when the babies were cradled up to my neck with my cheek on their heads. I kept trying to tell myself this was stuff of urban legends and awful rumors. This was simply a tale, made up by some suspicious mind somewhere, that took hold because it was so disgusting. I sat at work getting more and more agitated at the idea of kittens as snake food. So I did what any self-respecting writer does – I hit up Google. I did a search and my heart stopped beating almost instantly. There, in black and white, were tons of search results for blogs, PETA news releases, YouTube videos, and forums about people adopting free kittens (and puppies) to use as live feeders. The blogs offered stories and opinions but no real information about increasing the chances for adopted pets to get into loving homes. PETA news releases shared a copy of a letter people can send to newspapers and classified ad sites to get ‘Free to Good Home’ sections disabled. YouTube is full of results for pulled videos whose captions and summaries boast large snakes eating adopted kittens (and puppies). And sadly, forums reinforced that there are indeed people in this world who engage in this horrendous behavior. During all my reading I did manage to find one news story, way down the search results page, that offered some ways to protect the little ones you are adopting out. I have included those at the end of this article. Pay special attention to the suggestion to screen interested parties with a questionnaire. By Jove! I was super stoked that I was making progress in terms of adopting out my kittens while still protecting them to the best of my ability. So bring on the questionnaire! Hey – where is a link or file for the questionnaire? How am I supposed to know what questions to ask someone and what answers to accept? I had to perform another Google search: Kitten adoption questionnaire. A-ha! There it was – an official questionnaire the animal shelters use when people are interested in kittens and puppies.

As a side note, I would like to thank my dear, sweet, hot friend Jim for trying to protect me and my kittens. He was right!

A Happy Ending?

I have since pulled all my Free to Good Home ads and I will revisit the possibility of a newspaper ad once I have further educated myself on the safest possible way to find new homes for my kittens. Who knows? Maybe I will just have to keep the kittens and take care of them for the rest of their lives. It’s what I am willing to do to make sure my babies are treated with the kindness and love all animals deserve. Am I a hoarder? No. I am simply a person who is willing to take on the responsibility of letting my female cat run around without getting her spayed. Have I learned my lesson? You better believe it! Will I do my best to alert others to this sick practice? Forever.

Kitties are for loving - NOT for testing or feeding to snakes
Kitties are for loving - NOT for testing or feeding to snakes | Source

Other Dangers Faced by Free to Good Home Animals

Bunchers gather free pets until they have enough for a trip to a Class B Dealer. A Class B Dealer is licensed by the USDA to accumulate animals from "random sources" to be sold for research. Bunchers find these animals in newspaper ads, pet adoption web sites and even snatch these animals from yards. You can prevent a Buncher from grabbing up your little sweetie by asking for a re-homing fee for the pet. Bunchers won’t pay $20 for a pet they are only going to make $25 on. They’ll pass by your ad in search of the Free to Good Home ads.

Free to Good Home animals may also be taken to "blood" pit-bulls--to train fighting dogs how to kill, and to enjoy it. This is the case for dogs and cats, of any size. Bigger dogs aren’t immune to this kind of abuse. A larger dog's muzzle will often be duct-taped shut so that he can't bite back and the fighting dog will gain confidence in killing a dog larger than he is.

Collectors / Animal Hoarders watch newspapers for Free to Good Home animals. These collectors and animal hoarders truly believe they are helping these pets. However, many collectors become overwhelmed by the number of pets they have taken in and they abandon the animals – leaving them to fend for themselves while starting up a new, smaller collection elsewhere.

Kitty feet!
Kitty feet! | Source

How to Protect Pets you are Trying to Adopting Out

Let’s keep in mind that some folks answering the "Free to Good Home" ads really are loving, responsible pet owners. However, many--maybe even most--are not. There ARE certain steps you can take to help end the abuse:

DO NOT advertise free pets and convince others not to as well. Some people even phone owners of pets who are advertising them as Free to Good Home to warn them of the dangers.

Spay/neuter your pet to keep from creating possible Free to Good Home situations

Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers to warn them of the dangers to Free to Good Home pets

Charge at least $25 to discourage resale of pets to testing labs and Class B Dealers

Take the time to interview a prospective owner. Ask for references and check them! Then visit the home where your pet might be living.

Write a letter to your congressmen in support of doing away with Class B dealers who sell animals obtained from "random sources" (including strays, stolen pets, seized shelter animals, animals purchased at flea markets, and pets found through "Free to good home" ads) to research facilities.

Report any incidence of suspected dog-fighting

Require in writing that if the adoption does not work out, the companion animal must be returned to you

Have you ever re-homed a pet as "Free to Good Home"?

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    • KrisL profile image


      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Thanks: Was just able give this link to a twitter buddy . . . I hope it helps her find a real good home for her father's little dog.

    • TheManWithNoPants profile image


      6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      (growling mumbling incoherently)

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Au fait! Im so glad to see you here =) Thanks for the votes and share and I will be seeing you around.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      I had heard about the people who sell animals for research purposes years ago, but I never even thought about people buying kittens & puppies to feed to their snakes or to dogs they're training to fight.

      Voted up, useful, and will share!

      Thanks for the follow!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Audra :) I know right?! I still have a difficult time thinking about the horrible things in this Hub while looking at the sweet little faces of my kitties. I came so close to handing them over to just anyone :(

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      6 years ago

      OMG, I have never heard of such a thing! I saw your pic of that adorable kitty...nobody could hurt her :(/ I am glad you did research to change the situation!!!Thanks for the info!!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Melovy, I hate to bring bad news to anyone but I'm glad you read my Hub. I hope this doesn't happen where you live ...its such a sick act of cruelty. I still have nightmares about people trying to adopt the kittens. Never again. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Steve! Its great to see my old partner in crime back in action :) This is a sick, sad Hub but I'm glad you stopped in for a read.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      Goodness, I have never heard of this kind of thing before. I hope that means it's not happening in the UK but I certainly can't be sure of that. We do have Cats' Protection League that adopt and rehome cats, so perhaps things are okay here - at least for kittens. I hope you do eventually find genuinely loving homes for your kitties.

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


      this was an eye opener for me also, but after reading all the way through I am not surprised that this goes on in our world.

      I am not a cat lover but I wouldn't wish any kitten any harm and certainly not as a live feeder. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Debbie =) Im always so happy to see you! Im sorry I made you cry with this awful Hub. It IS sickening to think about these poor animals being mistreated. I just hope I can help save one or some of them. And your share is helping me spread the word. Thank you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh My word.. this makes me sick to my stomach.. How can people do this to sweet little kittens and puppies.. HOW? I am crying.. thank you for writing this and sharing

      I am going to share too


    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      DzyMsLizzy, I tried to add this to my previous comment but I failed :P Im glad you posted the link about PETA. I had NO idea! Just when I think I am getting up on the info it all changes. Thanks for keeping me informed. I always thougth the HSUS and ASPCA were great orgs as well :( Drats.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hello lioness :) Thanks for reading my article!! I have also gotten pets from the free ads. And I loved them all the way to the end. I do know there are good people out there but Im so afraid to take the chance with my babies. Saying that though, the first couple I gave a kitten to (before I knew it was a danger) was a sweet older couple who even bought a huge bag of new toys, litter pan, litter, and food while they waited for me in the pet store parking lot (where they wanted to meet just so they could get stuff). Hug that sweet puppy for me

      Tillsontitan! :) So good to see you. I hope this Hub saves lives as well. Im such a softy for kids and animals. When I heard what people might do with these free pets I cried and cried for all the kittens I have given away in the past. Thanks for the votes.

      GRP, thanks for the read and awesome comment. I agree that screening is needed. An interview or home visit or something, anything. It all helps protect these sweet little lives.

      Hi ImKarn! Thanks for the reshare :) I love seeing the traffic up on this one. Spread the word girl!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Scribenet, I love that idea. I will have to look into them IF I ever get into this situation again. Mama has been fixed now so hopefully NO MORE babies!! :) Thanks for the read and the comment.

      Davenmidtown, I learned my lesson with the little girl “stray” that keeps having babies on my back porch. She has since had an appointment to fix that little problem :) And the vet even clipped her ear so other people know she has already been spayed – since she’s an outdoor cat that sorta adopted me.

      DzyMsLizzy, first off – love that name. Its my middle daughters name too! (Lizzy, that is.) I am glad this isn’t new news to everyone. And thankfully my older coworker had heard of this years ago as well. SHE is the one who told me about it. I cant even write on here what I would like to do to the people who would mistreat animals ;) Hubs would kick me off for sure! Thank you for the read, great comment, and votes.

      Hello dreamseeker2, Im glad to spread the word – even if it is a sick, sad word to spread. Awareness is important. If someone hadn’t made me aware my poor kitties would be…well, I don’t even wanna think about it! I’ve always had cats in my life too.

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      P.S. I USED TO BE a fan of PETA...until I learned they are not all they claim.

      They have a very disturbing dark side, and it's well documented by state regulatory agencies:

      I no longer support them at all...nor to I support HSUS or ASPCA for similar reasons. They are all more money/profit driven (despite their claims of being so-called "non-profits")...

      Private rescue groups with true non profit track records, using volunteer staff are a much better bet.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Audrey, I love PETA as well. Now that I have read more about them (because of the research for this Hub) I plan on doing more to help their cause. Thanks for reading :)

      Viveresperando, thanks for reading! I know what you mean about your puppies. My “puppy” is 7 years old now and I still baby talk him and treat him like he’s a tiny little 80 pound pup! Let me know when you get the doggies FB up and I will “Like” it

      Daughter of Maat, I shouldn’t be all too shocked either. I guess I prefer to ignore the unpleasant things. But when my ignorance puts another living thing at risk I need to change my way of thinking. I remember getting “Free to good home” pets when I was in college – and loving them until they passed away! I don’t know – Im just glad I heard about this before I gave my kittens away.

      Hello KrisL, man I feel stupid for not knowing how risky the free to good home ads were :( I just thank the stars that I learned about it now rather than even later. Thanks for the read.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      so cool that my aunt commented here, Ardie!

      she's HLPhoenix and she lives in Massachusetts and she's written one hub...

      and now - she's reading you..

      love it!

      love the hub...bringing awesome folks together!

      sharing this again!!!

      needs to be spread around a LOT!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Keanku, you helped ME see the other side as well. There really is no such thing as a free pet. They will cost money for many many years to come. Man, I never realized animals had so many issues facing them. I’ve been too naïve about it. Now I will inform people of BOTH sides of the coin when I see free to good home.

      Thanks for the link Melissa, I will get it added.

      CC! I know, right? Thank goodness you didn’t send the baby off to certain doom. Okay okay, that might be a little dramatic but still … When I look at pictures of my kittens I keep thinking how close it came for them. Thanks for the shares. I need this one to get out there (btw, I love the little a on your profile pic...congrats!)

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      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Very sad article, I do not own cats because of alergic reaction to cat hair but a person that will misslead someone it to giving them something is just wrong. I understand all creatures need food and some are not meant to be pets at all. I think there should be a ban on all exotic pets not ment for captivity. And science should breed there own for what they need not take from people who want to adopt pets out to a loving family that wants to have a new pet. Trickery is rampid and screening is needed. Awsome hub. Voted up!!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      How scary and how awful! I've seen Free to Good Home ads but never in a million years thought the animals could wind up in such terrible situations. This is a very informative hub with a great warning. I hope you've saved a life!

      Voted up and useful. Also voted five stars.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for writing this article! It's important for people to know. (I have previously read about this though)

      Remember though, some people just want a pet when they reply to "free to a good home" adds. I got my dog from one of those adds... She is now three years old!

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      6 years ago

      This was an eye-opener. I cannot believe these awful things take place now adays. But, I believe it can and does happen, now that we are made aware of it. Thanks for sharing this hub! Very informative and useful. Voted up, for sure! : ) Darling pictures of the kittens by the way. I have always had a cat in my life...can't live without one!

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Unfortunately, all of this is true. I have known this for many years, and it sickens me to the bottom of my toes.

      I'd like to take these irresponsible idiots and treat them as they intend to treat the animals...maybe feed them to their own damned snakes...which, IMO, are NO kind of animal to have for a "pet." Ugh!

      This is absolutely horrendous, but as you discovered, there are many, many people who do not know about these ugly facts. Thank you for writing the hard news hub. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      David Stillwell 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I just get my pets spayed or neutered.... sometimes less is really less... strays are another issue... but thankfully there are organizations around that trap, spay/neuter, and release Ferrel cats... if they can not be placed...

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      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cat rescue groups worked for me when I finally found them for kittens and strays. The people I worked with were dedicated and they brought the kittens to the vet ( I can vouch for it since I did some of the visits with them) After they carefully check out homes and hopefully weed out the wierdos.

    • KrisL profile image


      6 years ago from S. Florida

      Voted Awesome . .. I'and shared.

      My mother did "free to a good home" a few decades ago, and it disturbed me. Disturbs me more now.

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

      6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Wow, that's intense. Like billybuc, I too am not shocked by the information. Appalled yes, shocked no. I heard a long time ago that you should never advertise a pet as "free to good home" mainly because a person who will pay for the pet obviously really wants it. But that was over 17 years ago. I never thought people would use a kitten or a puppy for snake food. It doesn't surprise me, I just never thought about it. Great hub, something that really needs to get out there!

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      6 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I was not aware of this. Thank you for the awareness. I have two puppies (yes they are older but will always be puppies for me) that I love so dearly and I love kitties too and it broke my heart to think someone could do awful things like that. My puppies are going to have a facebook soon. lol Since I don't have one, they will. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      PETA is a great resource for information--thank you for bringing this to the forefront of my attention---

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      OH MY GOD this is so disturbing. I think about the kitten that I found 4 years ago and THOUGHT about doing a Craigslist ad, but never did - I just fell head over heels for the little guy.

      I did not know that people did this. What kind of species are we that we do crap like this? *sigh* I want to get the word out on this. Tweeting and sharing. :)

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      Melissa A Smith 

      6 years ago from New York

      I don't understand how to create that email (@att?), we can't post links here?

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      6 years ago from Illinois

      Ooh! I had never thought of the snake food thing! Yikes :( I always try to inform the "free pet" seekers that there is no such thing as a free pet after vet, food, meds, grooming, etc. But I'd never thought to warn the "free pet" advertisers! Thanks for opening my eyes a bit.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      HL, I do NOT take offense that you hate my Hub. I hate that I had to write it :( I am such a dummy that I didn’t even know people adopted these sweeties for testing and dog fighting…how stupid can a person be?! …please don’t answer that. Thank you for sharing – I want to spread the word and help save some innocent animals. Actually I wanna save them ALL.

      Hi Angela, thank you for such a sweet compliment! Too bad it’s about such a horrible topic, huh? I love your story about Bubba Dog. I got all my cats the same way – free to good home ads. And I love ALL my guys and gals. Heck, they live better than I do!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Gypsy Lee, Im so glad to pass on the information. I felt stupid and naïve for not knowing but I had to assume I wasn’t the ONLY one who wasn’t aware of this sick practice. Im on a mission now!

      Hello Kate, I agree – it is awful. It took me a few days before I could look at my kittens without crying and feeling sick at the fate I almost sent them off to. Thanks for the votes. I hope to make this one a well-read Hub!

      Hi ImKarn, I was blind to these sick practices too and it made me all that much more upset that I was innocently – but still at blame for – sending my babies into bad situations. I am so thankful I still have all the kittens or I would be a total mess wondering what happened to them. Im still waiting on the call from the boa constrictor owner…I will thank him for alerting me to the sick people adopting animals and let him know that my kittens are no longer available – especially to SNAKE OWNERS! ( I did think about the danger of having men come to the house to see the kittens – that’s why I wanted to meet them in parking lots and mentioned bringing a male counterpart! Odd how none of them were interested after learning that hmm?) Thanks for sharing, I really wanna see this one get traffic – and not just for the financial gain (pf, its HUBPAGES…what financial gain?!)

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Martie, I know! I was so upset at work that I had to take a short break because I couldn’t focus. Its sickening.

      Made, Im glad you found good homes for your kitties! I am going to make sure I know the people my babies go to...otherwise I will spend forever wondering and worrying.

      Hi crystaleyes :) good luck finding a puppy for your son! I know some people who adopt from the ads are decent loving people (because I’ve adopted from the “free to good home” ads too!) As far as finding my kitties homes, I need to look for people I know…like families from my kids schools or at work. Thanks for the idea :)

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Oh tlmc :( How very very sad about your poor baby. I hope my Hub didn’t bring up too many painful reminders. I LOVE the work you do for the cats. I read some of your Hubs and I remember many of your comments and you are a gentle, loving soul. I don’t think you are a hoarder/collector because what you do really DOES help the animals! For the longest time I had hopes of operating a rescue shelter where I live now (15 acres and two barns) but Im moving soon so that gets put on the back burner. I wish there were more people like you in the world.

      Melissa! Please email me (sondrapaul - at - att - dot - net) a link to your Hub so I can include it in this one. I wish I would have read yours before now so I could have avoided any issues. Thankfully I feel as though the kitten I re-homed is in good care. But I did tell the couple that I insist on getting the kitten back – even if its 5 years from now – should they decide they no longer want him. Send me a link, let’s fight this together.

      Hi Bill, it can be heartbreaking when you realize you no longer expect much good from society. It makes me wonder what I’ve brought my kids in on. I want a kind, loving world for them but its harder and harder to find.

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      This is one of the most informative Hubs I've ever read concerning animals and animal rights. I knew about some of thee horrible practices but not all and thank you for the heads-up! Actually, I adopted my Bubba Dog from a grocery store parking lot nearly two years ago -- and he's one of the sweetest parts of my life -- so sad that it can't be that way for all kittens and pups. Best/Sis

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      6 years ago

      I hate this Hub... it made me nauseous. But I have to Thank You, thank you, thank you, for writing it. I had no idea about the live feed aspect of 'free' pets or how low folks would go... I have known about people stealing and obtaining free animals for research. Spaying and Neutering animals is an absolute MUST to keep this from happening... I also knew that dogs were stolen for the 'fight' industry... but it never crossed my mind that kittens or other small animals would be used to train the dogs. Human Beings are endlessly creative... sometimes in terrible ways. As much as I hate to inflict this Hub on my friends... It must be done. No one can protect themselves and their animals without being informed. Sharing.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      i - like you, Ardie - feel sick to my stomach! I was totally ignorant of these practices! Feeding kittens and puppies - TO SNAKES???

      i would never ever sleep again! i do NOT understand the human race - how low can WE go?

      They should have to say that this is the purpose, no? Why hide it if it's so okie dokie?

      When i started reading - i thought the danger was going to be in all those men targeting YOU....coming to your house to hurt you - which - is another legitimate consideration, dear!

      i am sharing...and right pissed - thanks for teaching me something today!

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      Kate McBride 

      6 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      It is really awful to think that defenceless animals can be used in this way. Thanks for bringing this issue into the open so that we can all learn from it. Voted up and useful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Ardie great article and warning for those who need the information. I'm safe I only have Sid. Hope all your kittens get great homes and thanks for providing this information. Passing this on.

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      6 years ago from Earth

      I am surprised at this, how disgusting people can get. We are thinking of adopting a puppy for our son, but this news has shocked me.. I just hope that your kittens find good happy families.. Try to find families you know, in your neighborhood maybe, if that is possible.. at least your will see them growing up in front of your own eyes..

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      Madeleine Salin 

      6 years ago from Finland

      This is horrible! I hope you will find good homes for your kittens. Three of my kittens are moving soon. I'm glad to live in a small place where everybody knows everybody. The kittens aren't moving far. I think I've found good families for my kittens.

      I'm sure this hub can open up many people's eyes. Useful hub!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      OMG!!!!!! What kind of human being enjoy feeding a living animal to a boa or any carnivore. I feel sick ad nauseam!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie, what bothers me most about this hub is that the news does not surprise me at all. I have had to re-evaluate my opinion of the human race over the past few years and I find some member terribly lacking in humanity. This disgusts me, and it disgusts me more that I'm not shocked by it.....sad....very sad.

      Good job of issuing a warning and hopefully many people will learn from this hub!

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      Melissa A Smith 

      6 years ago from New York

      I tried so very hard to communicate this same message in my 'free puppies in a parking lot?' hub, to no avail. In my poll, 11 out of 12 responders selected that they would still support such free-animal give aways in order to 'rescue' the one they chose, foolishly ignoring the fates of the other animals. All the animals should be taken to the shelter, and such 'free puppies' boxes should be made illegal.

      Cheap/free animals are under a lot of danger. What happens to some of these animals is largely unseen, until the more idiotic ones upload their malice to public sites. Some people may get a kick out of seeing an animal society typically adores be tortured through snake feeding (I'm against live feeding of rodents as well), and others may simply want to torture and kill them because that's what they're into. What's stopping them? It's sickeningly easy to get away with. I find free animal give aways to be extremely negligent husbandry that can lead to cruelty. If it happened, it would be that individual's fault. The animals rely on their owner's common sense to protect them. Then there's also the issue of impulse buys, which can also lead to the animal being re-homed improperly if the new owner tires of the animal.

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      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      many years ago i had a wolf hyprid pup. i lived at the time with a friend in the rough end of town. i never let that pup out of my sight. i even took it to work with me. but one day i got in trouble for doing that and was made to take him home. feeling full of fear i tied the pup outside until i could get off work. when i did he was gone. i searched the local area, the lost and found ads and finally went to the pound. even while i was standing there a woman came in also looking for a husky mix. turned out she lived in the same area as me. we were told dogs in our area were getting stolen. they didnt know if it was to resell to new owners or for research. i never saw my pup again. that was hard to deal with. today i am sure i would be labeled cat hoarder. i rescue them. but i never allow myself to have more than 20 at any given time. 20 is all i can properly care for. today i have 15. i am considered the local expert on cats. 2 summers ago i was asked by some vets doing a spay neuter clinic if I would take in a male cat some girls had rescued (he was very close to death) as well as a mother cat and her 6 kittens. they knew how many cats i already had but thought it would be ok to take them in. i did. today Balou is thriving as are the kittens. I had to rehome their mother, she was not house broken and fought with the other cats. I knew of a woman who worked with the vets in town, she took another cat of mine years ago (i learned she fell in love with him and still had him) so i called her and she agreed to take the mother. i still have the kittens. it is a very good feeling when one can keep a family together. voted up and useful and interesting and most certainly shared. thank you for bringing this topic to light.


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