This is a great website to reference if you or someone you know is thinking about giving a dog or cat away “free to a good home.” Think again and read the Animal Aid site!
Here is just a little taste of the site:
People value what they pay for. Pets obtained for free are are less likely to be spayed or neutered by their new owners (why bother with vet bills?), and more likely to be abused and/or discarded, because “there are plenty more where that came from!” A recent study at one animal shelter yielded the startling statistic that 51% of all owner-surrendered dogs had been purchased for less than $100; 41% of all owner-surrendered dogs had been obtained “Free to good home.”
There is much, much more! None of it is good!