Stop the sale of pets through Gumtree's website

Reputable animal rescue centres across the UK are full of cats and dogs which desperately need new homes. These centres usually check the suitability of people's homes and lifestyles before allowing them to adopt an animal.

However, websites such as Gumtree host adverts where people sell animals to anybody who is willing to pay for them. This facilitates the breeding of cats and dogs to sell for money - when there are already thousands waiting in shelters for a home.

Even pets given away for free on Gumtree are at risk. People taking the animals on may not have suitable homes or lifestyles to provide a safe, happy environment for the pet. They may not realise this themselves, as expert advice will not be given as it would from a shelter.

In addition, the animals bought via Gumtree could go on to be used for more breeding or even as bait in dog fights.


Whilst Gumtree specify that advertising pets for breeding or fighting is against their policy, they have no way of knowing what people do with the pets they get via the site.

Please support this petition, asking Gumtree to stop allowing the advertising of pets on its site. If enough people sign, they will see that their site is facilitating potential cruelty. Unwanted cats and dogs should always be taken to a legitimate rescue shelter, where their future safety and security can more adequately be ensured.
Dear Gumtree, Reputable animal rescue centres across the UK are full of cats and dogs which desperately need new homes. These centres usually check the suitability of people's homes and lifestyles before allowing them to adopt an animal. However, Gumtree host adverts where people sell animals to anybody who is willing to pay for them. This facilitates the breeding of cats and dogs to sell for money - when there are already thousands waiting in shelters for a home. Even pets given away for free on Gumtree are at risk. People taking the animals on may not have suitable homes or lifestyles to provide a safe, happy environment for the pet. They may not realise this themselves, as expert advice will not be given as it would from a shelter. In addition, the animals bought via Gumtree could go on to be used for more breeding or even as bait in dog fights. Whilst we recognise that you specify that advertising pets for breeding or fighting is against your policy, you have no way of knowing what people do with the pets they get via the site. And whilst you only allow one user to post two litters of pets per year, it is easy for unethical breeders to create multiple profiles and bypass this limit. Gumtree must stop facilitating cruelty. The only way to do this is to completely ban the sale or giving away of all animals - advising people to use rescue centres instead. Unwanted cats and dogs should always be taken to a legitimate rescue shelter, where their future safety and security can more adequately be ensured. Sincerely, [Your name] [Your custom comments will also be sent to Gumtree]
Update #13 months ago
Lynsey sent this petition to Gumtree in 2015 and they responded disappointingly. You can read their response here. Therefore we've reopened the petition and urge you to let Gumtree know how you feel about their lack of care for animals on their Facebook page. If Gumtree care about protecting animals, they would redirect everyone seeking to buy or sell pets to a reputable animal rescue shelter.
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