When a friend of Emma Haswell, founder, and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia was scrolling through Facebook, when she came across a bizarre ad. A puppy was being offered in exchange for an iPhone! The puppy’s owners didn’t want her anymore.
“A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone,” Haswell said. “She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.”
Haswell, who rescues dogs and farm animals, was not that surprised by the ad. She said she always sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online. However, this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.
To make matters worse, the puppy was only 14 weeks old!
“It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being,” Haswell said. “Commonly these puppies are bought and then re-advertised for sale weeks later.”
Haswell’s friend got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to give the seller cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price for an iPhone.
Haswell said Possum was now safe and settled into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She has been spayed and vaccinated and ready to find a new family, one that would not trade her for anything.
Possum did not have to wait for long. The very first family she met, fell in love with her and adopted her.
“She is now so adored,” Haswell said. “She adores the little boy in the family. As soon as he set eyes on her he called her ‘my puppy.’ The family also adopted a beagle cross puppy [at the same time], but the little boy was totally in love with Possum. She settled straight into her new home.”
“If I can take in an animal and change the course of her life, I will do so,” she said. “That’s what I did for Possum.”
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