Wednesday, October 04, 2006

C is for Craigslist Cat

I decided about a year ago that it was about time I got a pet. A pet that would love me and snuggle me and be excited when I got home and came when I called it.

So I got a cat…

I found my little kitten on Craigslist. You know, the site you visit to find a new apartment, or concert tickets, or garage sales. Or, if you’re me, an animal. I found that finding the right pet on Craigslist is not an easy business. You have to be patient to find what you want because, well, it's Craigslist and there are some crazy people on there. Also, it’s often unclear where people are getting these animals, and it seems to be especially risky with dogs who may come from puppy mills. Luckily (for me at least) I found kittens with a woman who had to give them up after taking in an allergy-prone friend who was in Hurricane Katrina. And I think there are a lot of honest people on there whose cat or dog may have unexpectedly had a litter or whose life circumstances have no longer made it possible to keep their pet.

I don’t know if everyone has a good experience finding a pet on Craigslist. All I know is that yesterday my PepĂ© le Pew sat on my chest all night snuggling with me. And then bopped me in the face so I knew who was boss.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/pet/

1 comment:

ali said...

I've never tried Craigslist -- i got my first cat from a friend who boxed up a whole west philly alleyway of flea-riddled kittens.

BUT petfinder.com lists a lot of people (esp in the Jersey area) who take in kittens to their homes to give up for adoption so that they never have to go to a shelter-- i got my two boys that way and they are wonderful! the woman even calls on occassion to check how they're doing.