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Pet Buying Checklist | Finding A Responsible Seller

Bringing a new furever friend into your home is an exciting time, but it can also be quite daunting. When you start looking at pets for sale there may be things you forget to ask, or red flags you might not know to look out for. That’s why we’re created this handy pet buying checklist for you to use when you’re considering making the purchase and to help you find a great, and responsible seller.

Can You Tick All The Boxes?

For your handy pet buying checklist, click here.

If you find that you’re not able to tick all of these boxes, it may be that there’s a legitimate reason. Try and get more information from the seller through regular communications, which could be in writing, via telephone or, ideally, video calls which will allow you to see the animal(s) in real time. If you feel there is something untoward about the seller there are ways to report them.

What Do You Do If You Suspect Pet Scams

  • If you see an advert on any website that you think may be a scam, report it to the website. Remember to make a note of the adverts title and seller’s username, and take a screen shot of the advert itself. To report an advert on Preloved, please contact us here.
  • You can also contact PAAG (Pet Advertising Advisory Group) at if you’re concerned about any online adverts you see.
  • You can report adverts to Trading Standards via the Local Authority in which the seller is situated. In Northern Ireland, please contact your local council.
  • Animal Protection Services have provided a handy Reporting form if you have concerns about a suspicious advert.
  • For serious welfare and / or cruelty issues, please contact the RSPCA (England & Wales) on 0300 1234 999, or SSPCA (Scotland) on 03000 999 999 immediately.
  • If you’ve been the victim of online pet scams, or any cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud.

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Tina's been part of the Preloved family since 2014 and spends most of her time reviewing Preloved policy and speaking with external parties, such has charities, forums, and government agencies. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, pets, friends, and Netflix.