Junk Mail Pets Policy


    • NO animals free to good home / give away / to swop adverts allowed.
    • Animals advertised must have a minimum price –
      • Small mammals (hamsters, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs etc.) + poultry + birds = min price R50 each.
      • All OTHER animals (dogs, cats, horses, livestock etc. ) = min price R100 per animal.
    • NO pregnant animals for sale.
    • NO animals to swop for other animals / services / goods
    • Livestock babies must be at least 8 wks old (calves, lambs, piglets, kids, fowls)
    • NO animals to be offered for the live feeding of other animals
    • NO eggs for hatching or day old chicks of any poultry to be advertised (also used for live feeding of other predators)
    • NO FURS of any kind.
    • NO animal skins of predators or exotic animals. Farm animals and Antelopes (if not on the exclusion list) is fine.
    • NO animal bones / by-products allowed.
    • NO hunting trophies allowed.
    • NO ivory and/or any elephant products
    • NO rhino horns and/or any rhino products
    • NO Donkeys to be advertised for sale/wanted – this includes Donkey hides or products. Donkeys are in high demand due the use of their hides in Chinese medicine.
    • NO farmed animals or ads specifying that the animal is to be used for work / mating / covering / stud services.
    • No animals to be sold as “breeding pairs” (except for birds, if the breed is not exotic or on the exclusion list).
    • Prohibited cosmetic procedures:

    Tail docking (in contravention of the APA and veterinary act / illegal unless medically required)

    Cropped ears (in contravention of the APA and veterinary act / illegal unless medically required)

    The pets section is not intended to facilitate uncontrolled breeding, irresponsible pet trading, trade of dogs or any other animal for the purposes of dog fighting, guarding or stud services


Dogs & Cats –

  • Age restrictions: We require either BIRTH DATE or CURRENT AGE of the dog/cat. If the puppy/kitten is not 8 weeks old yet – pls add the wording “ready at 8 weeks” (this MUST be stated in the advert)
    • Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old
    • Cats must be at least 8 weeks old
  • NO dogs or cats wanted / looking for adverts allowed.
  • NO dogs wanted or offered as security / guard dogs, or services offered to TRAIN dogs as security / guard dogs.
  • NO ads pertaining to dog racing (this is illegal) or hunting (using dogs).
  • NO training equipment or any equipment described as “conditioning” equipment or “for the conditioning of” i.e. dog treadmills, spring poles, flirt poles.
  • NO ads referring to “game dog” or as having the quality of “gameness” or from a “game bloodline” as these are terms used to describe fighting dogs
  • NO ads offering mating / covering / stud services

Specific breed banned list:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers Aka Amstaff
  • Bull Terriers
  • Staffordshire Terriers or Staffies
  • Japanese Tosas
  • Sharpeis
  • Malamutes
  • Dogo Argentinaos (Argentinian Fighting Dogs)
  • Fila Braseleiro (Brazilian Fighting Dogs)
  • Boerboels
  • Miperro De Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Wolves
  • Red/Blue Nose Carvers
  • Cane Corso
  • Dapple or double dapple Dachshund/worshond
  • Russian Blue cat breed

NO Cross Breeds of any of the above banned breeds

Ads must mention the breeds, and with cross breeds must mention both breeds.

Mammals, reptiles, birds –

  • NO live chickens to be advertised, due to a confirmed outbreak of avian flu at a farm in Mpumalanga – as per announcement of Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 22June2017. (Temporary rule)
  • NO animal that is specified on any of the NEMBA lists as invasive, endangered or prohibited – is allowed to be advertised.
  • NO venomous snakes should be sold as they are sold to minors. Currently no anti-venom exists in South Africa for exotic venomous snakes.
  • NO Bearded dragons.
  • NO Chameleons
  • NO Tortoises, Turtles –  including Leopard tortoises, Slider turtles etc. (very difficult to identify if indigenous or exotic)
  • NO Terrapins (not allowed to be kept as pets)
  • NO Spiders e.g. Baboon spiders and Wolf spiders
  • NO Tarantulas – nb: no OBT (Orange Baboon Tiger) Tarantulas
  • NO exotic mammals are allowed to be sold due to differing legislation and permit requirements in the various provinces.
    • Sugar gliders
    • Sloths
    • Coati mundi
    • Foxes
    • Racoons
    • Tenrecs
    • Squirrels
    • Mongooses
    • Dassies
    • Chinchillas
  • Rabbits must be 6 weeks old before they can be sold. Please supply birth date or current age.
  • Mice / Guinea pigs / Hamsters must be 4 weeks old before they can be sold. Please supply birth date or current age.
  • NO Ferrets (these are illegal to own)
  • NO Shrews, Otters (these are listed as ‘vulnerable’)
  • NO Hedgehogs including African Pygmy
  • NO “teacup pigs” – there is no such breed of pigs. They still grow up to be full size pigs.
  • NO dangerous large predators e.g. Lions, Tigers, Puma, Jaguar, Leopard etc.
  • NO Caracal and Servets
  • NO Jackals
  • NO wolves, Timber wolves or hybrids thereof
  • NO Dingos, Coyotes or hybrids thereof
  • NO primates to be sold, currently it is legal to keep / adopt / sell primates with the correct permits however on the recommendation of animal rights organisations these will not be advertised due to the fact that permits are not obtained to transport as well as the immense suffering they will be subjected to by being kept as pets.
  • NO Capuchin or Marmoset monkeys
  • NO Meercats
  • NO Moles(these are endangered – critical red list)
  • NO Okapi, Oribi (these are endangered – critical red list)
  • NO Duiker, Steenbok, Impala, Springbok, Eland
  • Fish species not allowed (not limited to) Catfish, Mosquito Fish, Piranha, Eels, Cichlids, Crayfish, Bass, Plecos, Loaches, Ghost Shrimp, Trout, Salmon, Talipia – ads for tank with fish, MUST mention the species included
  • NO African penguins, cockatoos (these are endangered – critical red list)
  • DUCKS NOT ALLOWED ARE: Mallard ducks (an invasive species – NEM Biodiversity Act 10 -2004) – ads for waterfowl MUST mention the species
  • NO Macaw, Sun Conure, Waxbills, Jardines, Rosella, Ringnecks, Crested quail, Turquiose parrot, Green checked conure, Gouldian Finch, Red-rumped parrot or any exotic Parrots, birds of prey and birds requiring permits – ads for aviary with birds, MUST MENTION THE SPECIES
  • NO African Grey bird species to be advertised.
  • NO Helmeted Guinea Fowl be advertised – NEMBA invasive species list
  • NO Indian mynahs
  • NO birds of prey:
    • NO Owls
    • NO Crows
    • NO Eagles
    • NO Falcons

Saskia Meintjes

Hyperactive, extremely realistic and addicted to reading can best describe me. Life is all about the good memories and sitting around will not create them.

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40 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    I have been scammed by a lady selling Great Dane Puppies. I suppose there is no-one who can trace her ad and get her reported. Just wondering how much money she has made form her lies. She sent me a copy of her I/D, her address (near Kimberly) .. her husband’s cell, her cell and when I asked for a contact for a person who had just bought the previous puppy, I called them and they reassured me that the puppy was healthy and they had collected it from the airport the day before. I have now lost my money …all of these people are constantly on voice mail, no emails have been replied to ..all since the moment they had my money. I just want to warn others, or report her.

  2. Ben says:

    If you are extremely realistic, then working with Junkmail’s Pet Policy must be extremely frustrating….

    • Hi Ben,

      You might think it frustrating, but the only reason for such an involved moderation policy for the advertising of Pets is to assist in protecting them in what may happen after purchase. We would also like to think that complying with not allowing ads for threatened species (Your comment on Melisa’s question refers) is not really frustrating, but rather liberating as each of us has a duty to speak and act on behalf of those who cannot.

      We strive to make advertising of goods and services as easy as possible, but also believe we have a responsibility.

      Thank you for your message.

  3. Lizelle says:

    I have been scammed by a lady selling beagle puppies in Durban (apparently). Her name is supposedly Linda and she gave a contact number of 078 470 1681. Thank goodness I did not pay the 50% as I would have lost so much money. She is a colored lady by the sound of her accent. How is this still not monitored by this site?

  4. ETIENNE says:

    Please advise why Ball Pythons are not allowed to be sold on Junkmail? None of the terms in your pet policy above are applicable.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Etienne,

      Thank you for your inquiring about this. It is possible that something else in you listing might have triggered the rejection.

      Please send an email to moderation@junkmail.co.za with your ad ID and we will take another look. If you’d prefer, please email us your contact details and we’ll get in touch with you for clarification.

      Thank you for using Junk Mail.

  5. Caz says:

    Why is the policy not specific to South Africa where many of the birds and animals listed are allowed to be traded?

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