I got this as a special announcement from Freecycle East Bay
It has been decided that pet postings will no longer be allowed in our Freecycle community. The most basic reasoning for this decision is that a pet should not be considered “stuff” and pet adoption through Freecycle does not further our goal of reducing landfill waste.
After speaking with representatives from the local humane society and the SPCA, we have decided to not allow pet postings on the East SF Bay Area Freecycle group anymore. Too many animals are given away to people who cannot, or will not, treat these animals as they should be treated. We have been advised against accepting free-to-good home posts for the following reason(s):
Paying an adoption fee discourages people from getting these pets and then when they lose interest, turning them out, giving them away, using them for breeding in puppymills, selling them to laboratories, cosmetic companies, as food for reptiles or even worse, to use to train another dog in the cruel world of dog fights.
Since Freecycle does not permit posts regarding money, they can’t be offered for an adoption fee. Please consider using our local resources for help in finding/placing pets. Links to SPCA and The Humane Society can be found under the files section of Freecycle.
If you want to comment or have a question about this policy, please contact us at FreecycleEastSFBayAreafirstname.lastname@example.org. Please do
*not* respond to the entire East SF Bay Area Freecycle list.
We thank you all again for sticking with us as we grow and adjust.
It’s all of you fantastic members that make our community such a success!
Thanks for your understanding and future compliance,
Your East SF Bay Area Freecycle Moderators Jennifer and Susan