PuppySwap Says Trade in Your Dog for a Younger Model

Wish your adult dog was still a puppy? Find out what PuppySwap says about trading him in.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: January 14, 2015, 10 a.m. PST

When your car or household appliance gets old and doesn’t run quite the same as it did when it was brand new, you know it’s time to trade it in. What about when your dog gets old? The two-mile walk you used to take together is now too long for him. Playing fetch now wears him out. It takes him some time to climb up on the couch with you when before all it took was a flying leap. He’s older now and doesn’t quite move and run the way he used to. The solution? PuppySwap says to just trade him in for a puppy.
The totally easy (and not at all real) way to trade in your dog. Photo via PuppySwap.ca
Who wouldn’t want to do this? Probably all of you. That’s the point of PuppySwap.

When I first heard about the PuppySwap site on CNET, I couldn’t believe it – trade in your dog for a puppy? That can’t be right! (I’m sure all of you thought the same thing.) Of course, like everything else, you have to read the fine print: PuppySwap is not real.

I visited the site. It appeared just as the name implied, with a blurb that read "The world’s first puppy subscription service. Low monthly rate. No long-term commitments.” And another boasting "Puppies are cute. Then they grow up.” Yet another stated "Pick a breed. Love your puppy. Watch it grow. Swap it.”

Then I watched the video (above). A narrator describes the process. All you have to do is sign up and when your adult dog "grows up, becomes a bother, or gets less likeable simply log back in to your account and swap out your old best friend for a brand new one.” It’s at once a sad notion and one that happens too often – and is the reason behind the site.

Toronto Humane Society launched PuppySwap in an effort to raise awareness on pet abandonment. If you watch the end of the video, or click on the Sign Up button, this message will appear:
The message behind PuppySwap Photo via PuppySwap.ca
It’s an interesting and smart way of shedding some light on the issue of pet abandonment. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.

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