Friday, March 26, 2010

Off topic: Puppy scams online

There have been several complaints about scams that involve someone claiming that a puppy is "free to a good home", but they also ask for shipping fees (puppies sold on the Internet, legitimately or not, are commonly put on an airplane to the new owner) at some point. You will also see the "free to good home" ads in your local paper, but of course the puppy will not be local. The ASPCA recommends never buying a dog you haven’t met in person and to always check references. Of course, like me, the ASPCA strongly recommends adoption--you can find purebreds in shelters & rescues as well, the trick is to know how to look (key words in Google are a good start--"Yorkshire purebred rescue" for instance). There are rescues for pretty much every breed, and often more than one. Visit your local shelter as well & see if some little creature there doesn't melt your heart.

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