A New Trend is on the Rise
To my dear readers,
There’s something very serious that I have to talk to you about that was only recently brought to my attention.
I’m not entirely sure how long this has been in the news, but I’ve been seeing more and more stories popping up every day that talk about this issue. Frankly, it has me concerned.
Who out there has- or has not- heard of the term “dog flipping”?
For those of you who haven’t, I wish that I could say that this is simply something as cute as dogs doing flips on command for a treat and that the serious tone of this post is a joke, but sadly, it isn’t.
This term refers to the process in which a person adopts a free, or next to free, dog and then turns around and sells it for profit. These pets are usually ones that people put up for adoption “to a good home” because they can’t take their pet with them or are no longer able to care for them.
These “flipped” dogs are usually placed in cages with a multitude of others until a buyer comes along or in some cases, until the highest online bidder makes an offer. The conditions that these are worse than what they would face in a shelter- where they would be cared for, fed, watered, exercised as often as possible, bathed, etc.
The dogs that fall victim to this are often fed and watered only what they need to be, when they need to be, and exercise is a luxury that very, very few are given. Basic hygiene, such as bathes, is non-existent until the new owner has been secured, and even then is only done so that the dog looks presentable to the buyer.
The people who indulge in this practice are often skilled in weaving tales for their potential buyers.
In the case of one Ohio woman- she found herself faced with an unexpected litter of nine puppies that she couldn’t afford to keep. So, after spending the money to vaccinate all of them, she began searching for people to adopt the puppies.
After extensive screening, she had finally placed all nine in what she thought were loving homes that the puppies would call their forever homes. She was horrified to read that one of her nine was for sale on Craigslist not long after he had gone to the new home.
She ended up having to buy him back from the flipper in order to rescue him.
The worst part is that flipping isn’t even illegal. Unethical, yes. Illegal, no. If the flippers were honest with their viewers and simply said that they took in the dog to give it a new home but are now unable to do keep it and the dog then found a new home that way, it wouldn’t even be that unethical. Even though the whole procedure is based on the lies that are told by the flipper, the monetary transaction is entirely legal.
However, few of these flippers care about ethical or the legality of what they are doing. They are in it to make quick money and then move on to the next poor soul who believes that they are giving their dog a loving, new home.
Personally, I think that flipping is immoral and unethical and that it shouldn’t be tolerated. However, it seems that this is a rather hush hush kind of happening and only reaches the public sphere occasionally before fading away again. I believe that every animal deserves to go to a loving family that will care for it throughout the years, without fear of being abandoned or turned for a profit time and time again through the lies of the seller.
However, I realize that this is just a personal view and not a reality. It doesn’t stop me from wishing that things like this wouldn’t happen though. I still wish that each animal could grow old with its forever family and that they would cherish it, no matter the age it is when it comes to them.
I have nothing against people who take in these free dogs with the promise to be a “good home” and then actually keep the dog. In fact, I thank people like them. I’m glad that there are people out there with genuinely good hearts, who want to help those animals and people in need. It’s the people who flip animals for profit that I cannot condone.
The people who unwittingly purchase such an animal, I hope that they actually keep the animal and simply don’t repeat the process. I hope, most likely naively, that they care for their new addition and cherish it for years to come. Even if they were taken advantage of, I hope that they treat their new pet with love and care.
But, that’s just me. I would prefer to see the brighter side of things rather than the dark. Oftentimes, it is that darker side that is a reality and that saddens me to no end.
So, to any of you who are looking to find a new home for a pet that you can no longer keep- for whatever reason that might be- please be careful about who you give your pet to. Do your research and make sure that the person isn’t involved in this horrid sales ring.
Remember, you can always ask your local 4-H groups if they know anyone who is looking for a pet. Oftentimes, there are children in 4-H who would love to have a dog to show, but have yet to find the right one.
I know that we get people asking us all the time to keep an eye out for any 4-H families that are looking for a dog or a second dog to show, or just anyone that we know who is a dog lover and could give a pet a loving home to live in. We are always more than happy to help out these people and if the adopter isn’t already part of a 4-H group prior to the adoption, they soon become one afterwards.
You can also contact your local animal rescues or shelters for assistance and they would be more than happy to find you a reputable new owner for your pet. There are always more options available to you than you might think, you just have to know where to look.
So, on that note, I’ll wrap things up. Thanks for reading, liking, commenting, etc. today and I hope you learned a bit about this topic and will return and read future posts. As always, don’t forget to click that FreeKibble banner in the sidebar!
Information contained in this post taken from: The Huffington Post