Abandoned Dog Kai Is Why You Should Never Buy or Sell an Animal Online

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The story of Kai, who was found tied to a railing with a suitcase at Ayr train station in Scotland, pulled at the nation’s heartstrings this week – many people made donations to help the dog and offered to give him a “forever” home. Kai had been sold on Gumtree by his original guardian before he was abandoned. PETA ad: Kai the dog, abandoned at Ayr station Share on Twitter Share on Facebook But while Kai may well find a new home, countless other animals who have been traded online don’t get a happy ending. Buying and selling animals on sites such as Gumtree encourages people to regard these intelligent, lovable beings as mere commodities to be purchased and then dumped on a whim. An animal acquired via a classified ad is also highly likely to have come from a puppy farm or an unethical breeder – people who exploit animals for profit, contributing to the severe companion-animal overpopulation crisis. Shelters across the UK are reporting a rise in the number of dogs coming through their doors, and every time someone buys a dog from a breeder or pet shop, one of these abandoned animals loses his or her chance at finding a permanent home. Animals are not objects, and selling any live animal – regardless of where the sale occurs – is unacceptable. We’ve already written to Gumtree asking that it ban advertisements from animal breeders on its site. You can be part of the solution, too: if you’re considering welcoming a new animal companion into your home, don’t buy – adopt! Thanks to the Scottish SPCA for the image.


  • Tulin commented on January 9, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    It’s so sad and cruel to sell animals or buy them and dump them cause doesnt suit their needs just so cruel.animals are not toys people are cruel and should no better the ones who do all this.they shouldn’t be allowed and should punished.

    • Maria Angela O'Brien commented on January 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      I think its so sad , puppy farming is on the up. People are looking to make quick money .I think all breeders should be monitored.
      I think the problem we have is that the SPCA have a hard job on their hands.If you look on their site there are loads of dogs up for adoption but sometimes I think they make it hard as they donot really know the animal.
      Have a look!!
      Might not like other dogs,dont know about cats,no children.
      If you don’t try you wont know, poor animals will never get rehomed because people think they are dangerous its a catch 22.

  • Kay Phillips commented on January 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I have emailed Gumtree about how unethical & unsafe it is for animals to be advertised as ‘free to a good home’ repeatedly. I get ineffectual ‘guff’ from
    them in response. I email people advertising their pets on here too to try to bring awareness of the dangers of them falling into dog fighting rings (bait dog victims). Such terrible suffering at the hands of bloody stupid human beings. I hope being able to advertise a living animal ‘for free’ can become a thing of the past as soon as possible

  • ana moore commented on January 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    shame on any human that would buy and abandoned any animals no wonder as I get older I love animals more and more everyday ana moore

  • Joanne Atherton commented on January 9, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    We are not lords of the planet

    • Vivienne commented on January 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      That just about covers it, well said.

  • sammy Lopez commented on January 9, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    It’s unfair to these beautiful animals they should not be allowed to be sold on any selling sites!!!

  • Lisa commented on January 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    The law on keeping animals needs to be changed. It’s terrible what people get away with.

  • Neel Gujar commented on January 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    you guys are Grt inspiration always

  • Rudolph Andrew Furtado commented on January 10, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Its a sad fact all over the World and not only England that pets are treated as “DISPOSABLE COMMODITIES” by some people who purchase them.I am from Mumbai and the “Pet Market” does brisk business and so also is the sad abandoning of pets on streets by owners.Don’t only blame the “PET SHOPS” or “ON-LINE pet breeders” as they are only running a business and tragically at some times also “Pet Mills”.The main culprit is the buyer of the pet as some of them are not emotionally involved with their pets and treat it like any other commodity in the house.Owning a pet is as responsible as having a non-human family member in the house and at times costlier in maintenance than your own human brethren as they require special care and attention. BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER.

  • Sally walker commented on January 10, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I agree that people should not be allowed to sell pets on these sales websites that are for buying general items ie. Sofas, appliances.

  • Sally walker commented on January 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Poor Kai, people did not realise what they were taking on

  • Andy Walker commented on January 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    shouldnt be allowed

  • binsse commented on January 10, 2015 at 11:51 am

    stop à la lâcheté. Il faut réagir maintenant et punir en conséquences

  • Monique Thomas commented on January 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Exactly why my next dog is going to be a rescue dog. It sickens me that people dump dogs when they can no longer be bothered looking after them. No sense of responsibility.

  • Nina Aked commented on January 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    The amount of animals sold on gumtree is shocking, equally so free to good home, dogs offered free to good homes have ended up being used as bait by dog fighters, these adverts encourage animal abuse, they must be banned.

  • David Belmonte commented on January 11, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Another example of animals welfare being disregarded in the name of profit. Not sure why Gumtree allows it, as it is equivalent to trafficking. Throw the word human in front of it and it is a disgrace, but with dogs, it is somehow okay.

  • Peter hyde commented on January 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Ban all sales of animals online.

    Come on Gumtree , have some morals and be the first to show you care about the ethics of what you do.

    Be kind and do for the rights of living animals that cannot speak.

  • Dan good commented on January 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    We had to buy through classified, as wen I approached a rescue centre they refused to allow us to
    Adopt as we had a baby

    • Susan commented on January 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Dan, there are many international adoptions available, where having a baby wouldn’t prevent you from having one of their dogs.

  • Tracey Britton commented on January 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Please stop selling animals on your website. Thank you.

  • Alison commented on January 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Gumtree this is awful in the extreme! We are human and better than this are we not?! Why profit your own lives at the expense of his???

  • Alison commented on January 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    How about a better moral compass Gumtree?? Please stop selling animals on your site.

  • ellie moriarty commented on January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    i dont know, guys. i would never buy a puppy on gumtree owing to the rsk of puppy farming background but i took in two kittens from there some time ago, they would have ended up on the streets otherwise owing to a bad owner. i would rather it was like that and they got their happy ending than the alternative (unvaccinated, un-neutered, and probably separated).

  • Judith Trunks commented on January 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Please stop this terribly cruel way of obtaining and then abandoning animals , they can’t speak for themselves so we must speak for them .

  • Julia wilkinson commented on January 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Well done you guys for writing to gumtree ,, it’s becomin a real issue for these poor animals being sold on a whim on thier site ,, I also asked ad mag if they could stop advertising puppy’s / animals especially staffies in thier paper cos it adds to the problems of indiscriminate breeding

  • Denise Inkel commented on January 21, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Selling, abandoning animals is just an other manifestation of slave trading.

  • Lucy commented on January 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Kai! Bless him! what a handsome boy! How could anyone abandon such a beautiful animal! Or any animal for that matter. Very sad individuals indeed.

  • Cecily Colloby commented on January 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Idon’t believe for one moment that the woman who abandoned this dog handed over £150 to the seller for a dog she didnt want and then asked to take him for a walk and while she did so the seller disappeared!! Either way, she should NEVER have just left the dog there-anything could have happened to him and it would have been entirely this stupid womans’ fault. I hope she’s punished severely-but we all know she won’t be, given our pathetic judicial system….

  • Cecily Colloby commented on January 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Why has my comment been deleted??? I spoke the truth and there is no escaping it…….

  • Rebecca commented on January 21, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    There’s enough horrible cruel “uncontrollable”
    Cruelty occurring in our world…watch the news.
    THIS cruelty we CAN control.
    Gumtree close your doors!!! Shame on you and for a buck at the expense of an animal ?!

  • Lynne commented on January 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    How much lower can ‘humans’ sink? What dreadful thing are we gooing to see next? I was giong to joing Gumtree but this hads made me think again. We have a rescue dog who was thought to be 4 when we had him and he’s been with us over 10 years. We knew nothing about him except that he was in such a terrible state when found that they thought he wouldn’t make it. He then spent 6 weeks at a vets. It is a privilege to know this dog and we will be heartbroken when the day comes when we have to say goodbye.
    I am deeply saddened by the callous actions of some people and by Gumtree for allowing such adverts.

  • Agnes Dobbin commented on January 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Horrible , cruel & callous , why oh why are humans doing this , selling animals as if there selling a wardrobe

  • Tulin commented on January 27, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Animals are not toys when people feel to buy and dump.so cruel,why should this happen to poor dogs or any animal sold.web sites shouldn’t allow it,gumtree,loot any other site.this situation can be taken control.stop cruelty.

  • sharon riley commented on January 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    animals are for life no matter how your situation changes.

  • kim walsh commented on April 2, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Please Never Buy Or Sell Animals Online

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