In The News: Warning on Pet Adoption Scams
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning regarding online frauds targeting people interested in adopting companion animals from locations outside of the U.S. Many of these internet scams offer the purebred animals at no cost, as long as the prospective pet parents agree to pay for the shipping expenses.
Typically, once the prospect pays the freight costs, an extra charge will be claimed for additional vaccinations, necessary for the companion animal to enter the U.S. legally. In some cases, not only is the pet never delivered, he or she never existed in the first place! The CDC urges caution when dealing with overseas pet adoptions. It is always best to deal with recommended sources for purebred animals. If you don’t know who to ask, check with your veterinarian, groomer or pet sitter for reliable breeders.