We understand the concern we have received regarding allowing the sale of pets on our site. While we are not insensitive to these concerns, we have opted to continue offering a Pets category. There are numerous reasons why we have chosen to do so:
We don’t want to take the easy way out
We chose to work with the industry to provide a safe channel for this, rather than the easy solution, which is to close the section – driving traffic to another website that might not care at all. Our partners in Animal Welfare prefer this.
We work very hard to discourage impulsive, irresponsible, and illegal trade in pets.
We have developed a variety of educational measures to encourage responsible buying and selling of pets. Personal inspection is crucial when buying a pet and with our education we guide our users asking the right questions and discouraging impulsive buying of pets . For selling a pet, we have strict posting policies that you can find in our pet posting rules .
Moreover we have introduced an insertion fee to post a dog ad to discourage impulsive selling of dogs. This measure also provides with additional vendor information that can assist our actions against illegal pet vendors in collaboration with our partners, the animal welfare organisations. Finally, we have dedicated support staff that manually reviews ads that are reported to us. We work together with our engaged community and reputable animal welfare agencies across Canada to help us moderate the category and prevent, detect and discourage illegal pet vendors. By contacting us and/or flagging ads, our users can notify us of any issues or concerns.
We continue to work very closely with thought leaders in this industry.
Over the last several years, we have built strong, working relationships with many Animal welfare groups across Canada and USA:
- Worked very closely to identify users of concern, prevent possible puppy mills, or unscrupulous breeders. We have also helped in the prosecution of those who have been charged.
- They have helped us develop stronger policies to prevent abuse, as well as provided or helped build great education pieces for our website/users.
- We will and have attended numerous conferences put on by these groups and others; to pursue possible partnerships, and see how we can be “part of the solution”.
- We've partnered with/sponsored a number of events.
We encourage adoption
We also have partnerships that allow us to have a large number of shelter pets pushed to our site automatically. Users can filter these to view Shelter pets only. This allows us to encourage adoption as a first option.
We are very proud of work we have made, and the work we have done with animal welfare groups across Canada and USA. We continue to encourage not only animal welfare, but ALL of our community to reach out to us with concerns or questions. It is our top priority to offer a safe channel for the re-homing of animals online.
Pets Code of Conduct
WAll ads posted in the pets section must comply with the Pets Policy and the Pets Code of Practices set out below.
As an advertiser, you must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal legislation related to animal protection. Check the relevant government sites for clarification. Any ads found to be breaching applicable laws or by-laws, and reported to us for breaching these laws, will be subject to removal immediately.If you are someone searching for a new home for your pet on you can make the most responsible placement by following the guidelines below:
- Check the references of anyone with whom you are placing an animal. Ask them to provide proof of residence and income.
- Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be cared for. Screen potential homes carefully.
- Don't be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as "bunchers" routinely answer "free-to-good-home" ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actual fact, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through "free-to-good-home" ads. These people are "professionals" who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets.
- Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters or if you allow a prospective adopter to enter your home.
- Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will your pet get along with small children? Is the family planning to keep the dog chained outside as a watch dog? This sort of treatment is neglectful and inhumane; dogs are social, companion animals that need to be part of a home. Will the cat be kept only as a mouse catcher? Does the family have a veterinary reference? Do not be shy about asking questions. Your pet's life and happiness may depend on it.
- Ask for a valid form of identification (preferably a driver's license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.
- Have your pet neutered or spayed before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.
- Visit the pet seller's home or business and see how they raise and care for their animals. If the seller is a breeder and will not make the parents of a puppy or kitten animal available for inspection, there may be a problem. For instance, many unethical sellers buy animals from puppy mills and similar sources but pass them off as home-raised. If you're buying, or responding to a "free to good home" offer from an individual who is not a breeder, ask for as much information as possible about the animal's history in terms of source, health records, and behaviour information.
- Get references, including other customers, and the seller's veterinarian. Check them out and be vigilant to ensure that the pet is in good health.
- Get all health guarantees and other promises in writing.
- Adopt/buy from sellers who live in your area. Long distances between buyers and sellers make it less likely that your complaints will be addressed. And transporting animals by air may put the animal's health at risk.
- Avoid sellers located outside your local city or area. Never send money outside of Canada or USA no matter where the seller says the animal is located.
The Pets category is to help people find good, safe and caring homes for their pets as well as find accessories and services related to owning pets.In keeping with the spirit of this category, and in order to protect animal welfare and uphold Canadian and United States laws, please respect the following rules when posting an ad:
- The Animal Pedigree Act makes it a federal offense to sell an animal of a recognized breed as, purebred, registered, or eligible to be registered if it is not.
- The term "purebred" is a confirmation of genetic background and adherence to breed characteristics, in accordance with the requirements of the Act and the by-laws of the authorized breed association. When posting your ad, this means that you can only advertise your animal as purebred if it applies to this definition.
- The term "registered" is confirmation that all the rules of eligibility of the authorized breed association in Canada and USA have been met.
- If an animal of a recognized breed is sold as purebred, registered or eligible to be registered, the seller is obligated to provide a duly transferred certificate of registration to the buyer not later than six months after the sale.
- We do not permit any type of Breeding service (such as stud services) for any domestic pets.
- Ads posted in the Pets section may not be listed as Free. It is important to us that everyone who adopts an animal can afford the care of the animal, and that they are committed to providing a safe and responsible environment to any animal they take in.
- We do not permit ads that indicate signs of or encouraging animal cruelty. We will listen very closely to our community for any reports of suspected cases of illegal practices or animal cruelty. Accounts may be suspended if the complaint is deemed legitimate. Thereafter, if appropriate documentation (e.g., health inspection) is not provided within 3 weeks We reserves the right to ban the account.
- We prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks old. Date of birth for these animals must be clearly stated in the ad.
- Please do not post for sale any animals that are on the endangered species list, Environment Canada CITES website, are wild animals, or animals that are not permitted to be owned or sold in any city in which the ad is being posted or could be considered dangerous to others.
- We are not intended to facilitate uncontrolled breeding or irresponsible commercial pet trading. For this reason, dog breeders are permitted to post a maximum of three (3) breeds only (including mixed breeds). Posting more than three, even if only three are advertised on the site at one time, is not permitted.
- There are many dogs, that while they are good breeds, can easily fall into the hands of bad owners or breeders. These breeds must be be more cautious watch buy owners when posting and must make sure that new adopter is legally allowed in there area.
- Wolf Hybrid Pit Bull Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffy) American Staffordshire Terrier (Amstaff) American Pit Bull Terrier Any dog that is a mixed-breed of these breeds, and has the characteristics substantially similar to pitbulls.
- As we cannot provide the proper screening and education required to the potential owners of these animals, only accepts ads for these breeds posted by recognized animal shelters and rescues anywhere in Canada.
- We do not allow any ads that offer shipment of international animals. Animals may only be sold locally so that the transactions can occur in person.
- We do not allow the sale of cats or dogs by Pet Stores. All other animals however are acceptable and can be accepted if they are in programs with the Humane Society or SPCA.
- In the province of New Brunswick, all kennels, shelters and boarding facilities must have a valid Pet Establishment License. The NBSPCA defines a kennel as premises where dogs are bred or boarded for consideration. This license number must be included in all Kijiji ads from a breeder, shelter or boarding facility within New Brunswick. For more information about this regulation, please see the NBSPCA
We hope to have a safe, trustworthy way to find a pet in your local community. We work together with our engaged community and reputable animal welfare agencies across Canada and USA to prevent, detect, and discourage illegal pet vendors.
Individuals posting dogs or puppies for sale are required to pay a listing fee. This fee is being charged to reduce the amount of repetitive, low quality ads listed and also provides additional information to assist in actions against illegal pet vendors.
The listing fee can be paid using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard) or PayPal. After paying the listing fee, your ad will appear on for 31 days. At the end of the 31 day period, you will have the option to re-list it at the same rate stated above.
Your credit card information is never stored…….Animal Welfare Agencies and Shelters are exempt from this fee. We value the work that animal welfare agencies do in their local communities and look forward to continuing our support. As such, we will also donate a portion of the fees generated to Small animal rescues and a Medical funding for low income families.