Monday, February 16, 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Craigslist is for cars, not kittens
MILWAUKEE – Lindsey, a 4-week-old kitten, was surrendered to the Wisconsin Humane Society just yesterday. Her guardians originally bought the tiny baby on craigslist, but she should have never been separated from her mother in the first place. Hopefully, Lindsey will be a lesson for us all: do not buy or list an animal on craigslist.
Lindsey was far too young to be removed from her litter and no one was looking out for her best interest.
“We recommend that kittens not be separated from their mother until they are at least eight weeks of age,” says Dr. Jane Pohlman, WHS Veterinarian. “Kittens depend on mom for proper nutrition. They also learn about grooming and socializing in a proper way.”
Sellers on craigslist include everyone from backyard breeders to families simply wanting to re-home an animal. Unfortunately, a lot of people use craigslist without concern for the animal’s well-being. This venue is not safe for animals and the Wisconsin Humane Society strongly discourages people from purchasing or listing animals as “free to a good home” on classified venues such as Craigslist.
There are many options when you consider bringing an animal into your home. If you decide you want to go through a breeder, do your research and make sure that they are reputable. Better yet, support your local animal shelter and adopt an animal from them. They will be able to provide information about the animal and will be able to support you with classes and behavior services after you have brought your companion into your life.
If you need to give up an animal companion, consider surrendering him or her to an animal shelter or rescue group that will be able to screen potential adopters and ensure that the new family has the animal’s best interest in mind.
Lindsey is too young for adoption, so she will be raised by a loving foster family who will provide her with the attention she needs. After she is eight weeks old and determined to be strong and healthy, she will receive spay surgery and go into the WHS adoption program.
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Interview/Photo Opportunity: Lindsey will be available from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for filming. Jill DeGrave, Education Director, will be available to answer questions. Please call Angela Speed at 431-6104 to schedule an appointment.