The Pets category is to help people find good, safe, and caring homes for their pets as well as find accessories and services related to owning pets.

In keeping with the spirit of this category, and in order to protect animal welfare and uphold Canadian laws, please respect the following rules when posting an ad on DCI Ads: 

  • The Animal Pedigree Act makes it a federal offense to sell an animal of a recognized breed as, purebred, registered, or eligible to be registered if it is not. 
  • The term “purebred” is a confirmation of genetic background and adherence to breed characteristics, in accordance with the requirements of the Act and the by-laws of the authorized breed association. When posting your ad, this means that you can only advertise your animal as purebred if it applies to this definition.
  • The term “registered” is confirmation that all the rules of eligibility of the authorized breed association in Canada have been met.
  • If an animal of a recognized breed is sold as purebred, registered, or eligible to be registered, the seller is obligated to provide a duly transferred certificate of registration to the buyer not later than six months after the sale.
  • DCI Ads does not permit any type of Breeding service (such as stud services) for any domestic pets.
  • Dogs and puppies posted in the Pets section may not be listed as Free (Note: This applies to both ads rehoming/offering dogs and puppies, and wanted ads for dogs and puppies). It is important to us that everyone who adopts a dog can afford the care of the animal, and that they are committed to providing a safe and responsible environment to any dog they take in.
  • DCI Ads does not permit ads that offer animals to be bartered or traded for goods and/or services.
  • DCI Ads does not permit ads that indicate signs of or encouraging animal cruelty. We will listen very closely to our community for any reports of suspected cases of illegal practices or animal cruelty. Accounts may be suspended if the complaint is deemed legitimate. Thereafter, if appropriate documentation (e.g., health inspection) is not provided within 3 weeks, DCI Ads reserves the right to ban the account. 
  • DCI Ads prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks old. The date of birth for these animals must be clearly stated in the ad. 
  • Please do not post for sale any animals that are on the endangered species list, Environment Canada CITES website, are wild animals, or animals that are not permitted to be owned or sold in any city in which the ad is being posted or could be considered dangerous to others. 
  • DCI Ads is not intended to facilitate uncontrolled breeding or irresponsible commercial pet trading. For this reason, both dog and cat breeders alike are permitted to post a maximum of three (3) breeds only on DCI Ads (including mixed breeds). Dog breeders may only list dogs exclusively, and cat breeders may only list cats exclusively. In either case, posting more than three breeds – even if only three are advertised on the site at one time – is not permitted.
  • There are many dogs, that while they are good breeds, can easily fall into the hands of bad owners or breeders. Due to animal welfare concerns, the following dog breeds are not permitted on DCI Ads anywhere in Canada:

Wolf Hybrid
Pit Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffy)
American Staffordshire Terrier (Amstaff)
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Bully
Any dog that is a mixed-breed of these breeds, and has characteristics substantially similar to Pitbulls.

  • As we cannot provide the proper screening and education required to the potential owners of these animals, DCI Ads only accepts ads for these breeds posted by recognized animal shelters and rescues anywhere in Canada. 
  • DCI Ads does not allow any ads that offer shipment of animals. Animals may only be sold locally so that the transactions can occur in person. 
  • DCI Ads does not allow the sale of cats or dogs by Pet Stores. All other animals however are acceptable.

In the province of New Brunswick, all kennels, shelters, and boarding facilities must have a valid Pet Establishment License. The Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) under Regulation 2010-74 defines a kennel as any premises where dogs are bred or boarded for consideration. This includes home-based breeding facilities. The Pet Establishment license number as issued by DELG must be included in all DCI Ads ads from a breeder, shelter, or boarding facility within New Brunswick.  For more information about this regulation, please see the NBSPCA page here.