Gumtree Pets Code of Practice

All ads posted in the Gumtree pets section must comply with the Gumtree Pets Policy and this Pets Code of Practices set out below. Any ads found to be breaching applicable laws and reported to us for breaching these laws will be removed from Gumtree.


Advertising a pet on Gumtree


Docked tail pets are not allowed on Gumtree, this is a prohibited practice and Gumtree does not accept ads of this nature.


Age restrictions apply for certain types of pets advertised and animals must have reached a certain age before being advertised on Gumtree.

  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on Gumtree

Ownership of has recently changed, and with this change we have made the decision to suspend dog advertisements. Having worked with animal welfare organisations and in light of unprecedented demand we believe this is the best decision for our platform and our users.  We will continue to work hard with animal welfare bodies to find the best possible solutions to maximise transparency and protect animal welfare when it comes to the advertisement of dogs online. 

  • Cats: must be at least 8 weeks old
  • Rabbits: must be at least 6 weeks old
  • Guinea Pigs: must be at least 4 weeks old
  • Mice and Rats: must be at least 4 weeks old
  • Birds: must be self-sufficient


Adopting/Buying a pet on Gumtree

  • Meet the poster of the ad before agreeing to anything. Since Gumtree is local to your community, this should be easy to arrange. Never buy a pet from someone who is unwilling to let you see how and where the animal is living!
  • If you are paying for a pet, never mail a cheque or use payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for your pet. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters. Be particularly wary of any seller who demands a deposit prior to seeing the pet. Meet the seller in person, and pay cash.
  • Visit your local SPCA or other reputable animal rescue for tips on identifying responsible practices.
  • Know who you are sourcing the pet from and if it is a breeder, confirm with the relevant organizations that their license is recognised.
  • Check that no animals were used in excessive breeding programs, or programs which produce deformed or weak offspring.
  • If in doubt contact your local SPCA and let us know by contacting Customer Service.

For tips and advice when considering adopting or buying a pet, please see our Guide to Responsible Pet Ownership.

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