A pet is defined as a domesticated animal that you keep in your home for your enjoyment, such as a cat, a dog, a bird or a rabbit. A pet must be kept for pleasure and not to make a profit from the buying and selling of the animal [source: ASPCA].

People often get very attached to their pet and when they're forced to sell it, for whatever reason, it's important that they find the right buyer. The first step in this process is letting people know that your pet is for sale:

  • Advertise Place an advertisement in the classified section of your local paper.
  • Advertise Place an advertisement on one of the many online sites devoted to helping people buy and sell their pets.
  • Advertise Ask your vet if you can hang a sign advertising your pet on his office bulletin board.

Before selling your pet to a potential buyer, be sure to consider the following:

  • Is the buyer ready for the long-term commitment that owning a pet requires? Some animals can live for quite a number of years. The potential owner must realize that he will have to take care of the pet by providing food, a home and medical care for as long as the animal lives.
  • Can the buyer afford the pet? According to an estimate by the American Pet Food Manufacturers Association, feeding a dog can cost over $1,000 per year.
  • Does the buyer have the time to give a pet the attention it needs? Make sure the buyer doesn't travel extensively and will be at home for the pet. Dogs that are left alone for long periods of time develop behavioral problems. [source: Robinson]. //]]]]> ]]>