BBB warns against puppy scams during pandemic

Posted at 7:02 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 22:22:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Since the COVID-19 shutdown, Nashville Humane Association (NHA) is seeing an increase in adoptions as people cope with isolation. During the last couple of months, they had nearly 300 adoptions.

But as the interest rises, the organization is warning prospective pet owners about scammers. The Better Business Bureau is now seeing a surge in “puppy scams.”

The BBB says they’ve had more reports of fake pet websites in April than in the first three months of the year combined.

If you really want to add to your family, make sure you do your homework.

That’s the best advice i can give anybody, ensuring that you’re working with a reputable organization," said Becca Morris, NHA director of development, "you should always be able to see the cat, puppy, kitten that you’re adopting.

Scammers are using the virus as an excuse as to why someone can’t see the pet in person first. To protect yourself, do not send money or a gift card ahead of time. If you use an app like Venmo or cash app, it’ll be nearly impossible to receive a refund if something does go wrong.
If you use an app like Venmo or cash app - it’ll be nearly impossible to receive a refund if something does go wrong.
Morris says reputable organizations will find a way for you to safely adopt during this time.

"We've been doing curbside adoptions so people are not coming in facility and do everything in the parking lot," Morris said.

If you want a pet for companionship but don’t think you can promise a lifetime commitment, you can always foster first to see if adoption is right for you.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, NHA unveils the newest animals available for adoption.

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