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Gumtree does not support puppy or kitten mills

Gumtree does not support advertisers from puppy or kitten mills and is committed to removing any ads found to be practicing this sort of activity.

Puppy / kitten mills, factories, farms; whichever term you want to use is an ongoing problem with the pet industry. These are places where breeders breed a wide variety of dogs and cats under inhumane conditions and indiscriminately breed on a large scale for the purpose of selling and making a profit with little thought for the animals.

We believe it’s important for pet adopters/buyers/sellers who are using Gumtree to read our Pets Code of PracticeGuide to Responsible Pet Ownership and Policies to identify and report non compliant pet owners to Gumtree and relevant authorities i.e. RSPCA.

Gumtree is committed to animal safety and encouraging responsible pet ownership. Gumtree Pets Policies is intended to help our community understand what can and can’t be posted on Gumtree and to empower our users to assist us in highlighting non compliant advertisers so that we can remove ads that are against our policies.

If you know that an ad is posted from a puppy or kitten mill you must report it to us immediately by logging a ticket here and also contact the RSPCA. We will investigate the ad and take the appropriate action. Since Gumtree is local to your community, inspection should be easy to arrange. Never adopt/buy a pet from someone who is unwilling to let you see how and where the animal is living! (Ensure you go to the property where the pet is being kept, meet the advertiser before agreeing to anything and if you’ve noticed that the animals were reared in a non-suitable environment report it immediately – for tips on tell tale signs of questionable advertisers refer to our Guide to Responsible Pet Ownership article here).

We require that all ads that advertise adoption/sale of pets on Gumtree must comply with the Gumtree Pets Policies and Pets Code of Practice. We understand some Australian states have different laws, please check with the relevant governing body in your state for further clarification. Any ads found to be breaching applicable laws and reported to us for breaching these laws will be removed from Gumtree.

The Gumtree Pets section is to help the community find good, safe, caring homes for pets. This section is NOT intended to facilitate uncontrolled breeding, irresponsible commercial pet trading, trade of dogs or any other animal for the purpose of fighting or stud services. Any ads reported to us or suspected of this kind of activity will be removed.

Users are responsible for adhering to the applicable conditions in relation to adopting/buying, selling or listing of their ad on Gumtree.

Gumtree encourages, where possible, the adoption of pets and would encourage all pet owners to have their animals vet checked, vaccinated, desexed and microchipped. For further tips and advice on responsible pet ownership, please see this link for Gumtree Guide to Responsible Pet Ownership.

If you need further clarification please contact our support team here and they will be happy to help with any queries you might have.

For further information on puppy and kitten mills please visit the RSPCA discussion paper here.

For more information visit the Gumtree pets policies.