Can You Sell Pets on Craigslist?

There is no doubt that Craigslist is the most popular classifieds site in the world. Due to its popularity it has become a place where local people can buy and sell items, offer services and even date. runs on a small budget, with a small staff and has been very cryptic with its rules and guidelines on what is acceptable to post in its various classifieds sections. Craigslist has many prohibited items that cannot be sold such as guns, alcohol and tobacco products. One of the most confused items is pets, which has led many people to ask, "Can You Sell Pets on Craigslist?"

How to Sell Pets on Craigslist

If you read the about-prohibited.items page on it clearly states that you are NOT allowed to sell "Household Pets" of any kind including dogs, cats, primate, cage birds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians and fish. It is important to note that this does not include livestock or farm animals such as cows, horses and goats. It is important to note that selling animal parts or fluids is not allowed. Breeding services are also prohibited for posting. Despite these restrictions, there is a way to sell pets on CL.

Craigslist Pets

Posting Pets on Craigslist "Loophole"

The observant Craigslist user who reads on will however find out that Craigslist does allow users to post household pets for "re-homing" with a small adoption fee. Because of this little loophole, users have found a way to sell pets on Craigslist. There is however not an actual pets for sale section. There are two sections though where pets are commonly sold. These are the Pets category in the Community and Services section. This is where users post pets for sale via the loophole of a small re-homing fee.

Craigslist Pet

What is the Pets Community Section?

While the pet section in services contains animals for sale, it also has services such as animal grooming, watching, etc. The community categories on Craigslist are typically areas where local people can get together such as musicians and activist groups. The pets section in community however has become a place where people predominately sell and give away animals and related supplies

Craigslist Lost and Found Pets

In the community section there is also a lost and found section where users commonly post pets that have been lost and found. Additionally there is a Facebook page set up where users can cross post among different cities.

Common Craigslist Pet Questions - FAQ

Listed below are ten (10) of the most common questions that Craigslist users ask realted to posting pets and related items...

  1. Can You Sell Pets on Craigslist?
  2. How Do You Sell Pets on Craigslist?
  3. Can I give Away Pets on Craigslist?
  4. Is Selling Livestock on Craigslist Ok?
  5. Can I Post Farm Animals for Sale?
  6. Can I Solicit Breeding Services on Craigslist?
  7. Can I Get Free Pets on Craigslist?
  8. Where Do I Post Pet Supplies, Cages, etc?
  9. What are the Most Common Craigslist Pet Scams?
  10. Can I Post a Reward for Lost Pets on Craigslist?

Craigslist Pet Supplies: Good or Bad place for Cheap Items?


As with any item for sale on Craigslist there are always scams, rip-offs and other fraudulent activity.

Craigslist Dogs

What are pet supplies?

Pet supplies are a broad category that includes all types of items used with pets. This can include, beds, bowls, feeders, carriers, clean up devices, clothes, collars, leashes, harnesses, crates, doors, gates, ecofriendly products, flea and tick control, food, gifts for dog lovers, greenies, grooming, health, houses, rawhide bones, toys, training aids, treats, whelping and much more.

Craigslist Pet Supplies - What to Watch Out For

Craigslist users are for the most part pretty generous in the pet section, giving away animals and even free pet supplies. When a user is selling a higher end item such as a fish tank, it is important to be sure that you follow the same guidelines for safe Craigslist buying. For more information on this be sure to check out Is Craigslist Safe.

Discount New & Cheap Used Pet Supplies

Common sense goes a long way when buying pet supplies on Craigslist. It is important to remember that animal items are typically resilient but also can become destroyed very easily. If someone is posting crates or other containment devices for sale, be sure to get clear pictures before spending your time to go out and look at the items. Additionally with fish and snake tanks, be sure that all the working elements are present; otherwise you run the risk of buying a big glass tube.

Craigslist Pet Supplies

Pet Food on Craigslist

It is not uncommon to find brand new pet food on Craigslist. This is typical after an animal death. Craigslist users have also been known to sell mice as pet food for larger livestock and farm animals. As always it is important to follow safe Craigslist buying guidelines when purchasing pet food. If the deal seems too good to be true do not believe it. Also never purchased used or recycled food on Craigslist.

Craigslist Pet Scams - How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off

Listed below are a few of the most popular Pet specific Craigslist Scams. For more information on general Craigslist Scams be sure to visit our Scams Page.

Craiglist Cameroon Pet Scam

This is a variation of the common shipping or out of town scam on Craigslist, where the seller victimizes the potential pet owner by getting them to pay shipping fees typically through an untraceable money wire or other account.

Craiglist Reseller / Adoption & Sick Pet Scam

This is a pretty basic scam where people take free animals and then resell them on Craigslist. It can also include people selling sick or malnourished pets.

Craiglist Lost Pet Scam

The basic version of this scam involves someone saying that they have found your animal but need money wired or transferred to them before they can get it back to you. Common variations include posing as truckers, acting as vigilant on criminal who has stolen pet and saying that the animal has been hurt and is at the vet.

Craiglist Research Lab Pet Scam

Not so much as a scam as unscrupulous people looking for pets to use for research or sell to research firms. If you care about your pet be sure to use common sense when choosing an adopter.

Craiglist Fighting / Baiting Pet Scam

Like the research lab, this is people looking to use animals for fighting or other torturous means.