Many of us have pets or desire to have pets, though due to some reasons, we might not be able to own them. But the world of pets is unique. Dogs had been known to be friends of human beings for a long time. Some other pets are also liked by people. During our visits, we found two important notices about sale/purchase of pets in the newspapers in USA:
---Caring pet advertisers: Due to potential misuse/abuse of pets, the Mercury News requires that advertisers charge a nominal fee of at least $ 5 for their pets. Every life has a value. Also it is illegal to buy/sell a pup/kitten before 8 weeks old, in S. Clara Co. due to health risks to the pet.
---Notice to advertisers/readers- Santa Clara County, Department of Public Services Ordinance Chapter 7, Article 9 states that no person or establishment other than a licensed or county operated animal shelter shall sell, exchange or barter any cat or dog, less than 8 weeks of age. Any one suspecting a violation should report details to Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley.
Further we found that for the pets, daily there were several advertisements, their types or categories were as below on a random day:
---Pets-Cats: There were 6 advertisements for Himalayan/Persian/Persian blue etc. kittens
---Pets-dogs: In one random day we found 77 advertisements for dogs only. These were for American bull dog, Austrian shepherd, Beagu pups, , Cavalier, Chihuahua pups, Doberman pups, English bull dog, German shepherd, Pomeranian, poodle
---Pets-Horses: There were 16 advertisements in one day for various types.
---Pets-Livestock: There was one advertisement for Llamas.
---Pets other: There were 12 advertisements for Albino python baby canaries, English parakeets, Japanese fish etc.
---Pet adopt/rescue: There were 15 advertisements prominently displayed.
---Pet supplies: There were 6 advertisements for Aquarium, birdcage, doghouse etc.
---Lost/found pets: The Newspaper printed following advertisement “Public Service notice, Free found advertisements. “, Mercury News Classified will publish free of charge two line ads for four consecutive days, submitted by individuals who find stray pets and items, Call…………………. This was followed by 12 advertisements, e.g. for Australian shepherd, cat etc.
---There was an advertisement by the Newspaper for pets, Obituaries, Remember a friend, Pet obituaries appear the first Sunday of each month in the Mercury News Classified section, to place a memorial notice for a pet, call ………………..The Mercury News. The Newspaper of Silicon valley, Mercurynews.com
---Some of the advertisements about adoption are quite appealing e.g.
(a)Feline Favourites, young adults, Siamese mix, and Fem sweet, gentle, low key and one year. Orange tobby, male laid back, lap cat, 1.5 years,
(b)Canine companions, Belgian Shep mix/M, Easy going, gentle, smart, view www.petnetwk.org, Sat-5/17, 12-3 PM, Pets Mart/Camp bell, Hamilton@ San Tomas, Pet Network rescue, Info/appt;………, e-Mail………