Residents Voice Concerns About Pet Flipping
Jeanine Cloyd, a volunteer manager at the Humane Educational Society, says, "That’s very dangerous territory."
A pet flipper is someone who gets an animal for free, then turns around and sells it.
Cloyd adds, "Maybe they put it on Craigslist or in the newspaper, but it sort of catches a family. "
People giving away animals for free may be thinking their pet is going to a nice home, but in reality, the dog or cat could end up outside, malnourished, and just plain forgotten about.
Cloyd says, "Giving pets away for free … sometimes people don’t put a value on that animals, so just anyone taking them is just not quite the best situation."
The Humane Educational Society suggests putting a dollar amount on that animal to weed out the people who do not have great intentions.
That’s what shelters do.
Cloyd adds, "If you can’t find someone that you know, whether it’s a family member or a friend to take your pet, talk to a shelter."
Animal shelters have an application process.
If you still don’t feel comfortable taking your animal there, experts suggest not only surrendering your animal to someone you know, but also following up with that person.
Cloyd says, "You want to keep in contact with them, at least in the beginning to make sure they are doing what they say they’re going to do."
Even then, there is no guarantee your animal will be safe, but experts say it’s better than handing it over to just anyone and then praying for a Christmas miracle.
If you would like to speak out about pet flipping, we’ve found several facebook groups, including Georgia WatchDog.