Why does Kijiji even have a Pets category?
We understand the concern we have received regarding allowing the sale of pets on our site. While we are not insensitive to these concerns, we have opted to continue offering a Pets category. There are numerous reasons why we have chosen to do so:
We don’t want to take the easy way out
We chose to work with the industry to provide a safe channel for this, rather than the easy solution, which is to close the section – driving traffic to another website that might not care at all. Our partners in Animal Welfare prefer this.
We work very hard to monitor this category
We have made an investment into this category to protect it from being run underground. Our technical infrastructure to manage the category is extensive, our posting policies and moderation are strict, and have dedicated support staff who manually review ads. We also rely very heavily
on our communities and pet partners to help us moderate the category. By
contacting us and/or flagging ads, our users can notify us of any issues or concerns which have pet specific staff review every case.
We continue to work very closely with thought leaders in this industry
Over the last several years, we have built strong, working relationships with many Animal welfare groups across the country. Some of these groups include: the OSPCA, Calgary Humane, Nova Scotia SPCA, New Brunswick SPCA. Some of the things we have done together are :
We encourage adoption also
We also have partnerships (i.e. PetFinder) that allow us to have a large number of shelter pets pushed to our site automatically. Users can filter these to view Shelter pets only. This allows us to encourage adoption as a first option.
We are very proud of the changes we have made, and the work we have done with animal welfare groups across the country. We continue to encourage not only animal welfare, but ALL of our community to reach out to us with concerns or questions. It is our top priority to offer a safe channel for the ethical sale of animals online.
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