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). The date of birth or current age of the animal must be stated in the ad.
    • Minimum age for birds to be sold: For larger bird species – min. age 6 months (24 weeks). For smaller bird species – min, age 3 months (12 weeks.) NB: the age of the bird must be stated in the ad.
    • NO birds are to be sold for “hand-rearing”
    • NO animals to be offered for the live feeding of other animals – includes “pienkies”(baby mice), day-old chicks etc.
    • NO insects/bugs are to be sold for the ‘live feeding of animals’ – adverts may not contain wording that explicitly states that this would be the outcome of the sale.
    • 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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42 Responses

  1. billy vos says:

    naand…wat probeer junkmail hiermee bereik?….negatiewe reaksies uitlok?..vir jare? was dit alles wettig en normaal?…nou watnou?…ek dink nie dis onregverdig om die hierdie “goeters” toe te pas nie…ek se DIS ONREGVERDIG EN REGTIG NIE NODIG NIE…ja, dis waar dat junkmail van die begin? af “ons land se diere nie moes toegelaat het nie”…maar dis gedoen en kyk nou die resultaat…wees eerlik en se vir “ons” waarom skielik al hierdie “goeters” wat nou skielik toegepas word…vertel asseblief vir ons..baie dankie billy vos pretoria noord

    • Hi Billy,

      Ongelukkig is dieremishandeling aan die toeneem en daarmee saam word maatskappye soos Junk Mail verantwoordelik gehou vir die mensdom se onvermoë om tussen reg en verkeerd te onderskei.

      Om die rede het Junk Mail besluit om hom saam die diereliefhebbers te skaaf en strenger advertensie reëls toe te pas.

      Lekker dag verder

  2. Gen says:

    Saskia, please check the ad i posted for Handreared cockatiels that was declined. These are cockatiels not exotic birds such as cockatoos. Please reply

  3. Silvia says:

    Thank you for protecting the animals. There is nothing crueler than a human being!!!!

  4. Danny says:

    Dear Saskia

    I only have questions. To what or who’s guidelines have these rules or policy’s been implemented. ( From were does the regulations come ? ) And who was consulted on the matter ?


  5. Kyle says:

    Not sure why but I can no longer advertise Dachshund puppies for sale on this site, they are not exotic or unusual, I’ve met every criteria required, I have advertised them in previous years, yet now unable to? Why?

  6. Johan Kleinhans says:

    Good evening. I have placed an Advert to sell my great dane puppies,but received amessage that the requested Advert is not currently available. Junk Mail advertise that we can sell within minutes. Now it’s hours later and I am still waiting for publication. I would like to know why Junk Mail can’t process my request? The puppies wil be 8 weeks old on the 11th of Marchas I mentioned it in the advert. Your cooperation in this regard will be appreciated. Best wishes.

  7. Laetitia says:

    Hi I would just like to know why the dapple, double dapple dachshund and the russian blue cat breed is banned? I am unable to find any information. Thanks

    • Hi Laetitia,

      As part of our drive to support the health and safety of animals in SA in collaboration with BATSA, we do not allow double daschunds to be advertised. This is due to the extreme health risks to daschunds in breeding a dapple to a dapple.

      We do not allow ads relating to Russian Blue and derivatives thereof because there are only 6 registered breeders in SA, therefore any advertised will not be legitimate.

    • I also find this a tad ridicules. The so called Russian blue is just a grey cat. The pedigree name is given to make it “fancy”. I am curious, was it banned because of the word Russian?? We are way past those times – I should think.

      • Hi Eurica,

        As we mentioned to Laetitia, there are only 6 registered breeders for Russian Blue’s in South Africa. Because they are so rare and expensive, con artists jump on the band wagon and attempt to sell domestic cats with similar features as a Russian Blue.

        Please read this article on the difference between a Russian Blue purebred and a domestic cat with similar features: http://goo.gl/vQIdeC

        While we understand our revised Pets Policy might not suit everyone, we are doing it for the greater good of pets in general and would like to contribute to responsible Pets Ownership in South Africa.

        You are welcome to send us an email at socialmedia@junkmail.co.za if you have any other comments or questions.

  8. Fina Pringle says:

    Good day I struggle to get my advert active.
    I did read the pets policy and abide to it

    • Hi Fina,

      There is an active ad on the site using your email address for Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies. Please remember that your ad will only go live after being moderated to help us protect animals, ensure the pets policy was adhered to and to protect buyers. You can view your ad here: http://goo.gl/F2bW94.

      If you are referring to another ad, please send us an email with details: SocialMedia@JunkMail.co.za.

      Thank you for using Junk Mail!

  9. soreta says:

    Hi. I posted an ad for my mare that I am selling. Why do you keep on declining my add! ?I

    • Hi Soreta,

      There are 2 active ads for a Mare on Junk Mail using the contact details you supplied. Please note all pet / animal ads have to be moderated before they are activated on the website, which is why it might seem we have been deactivating your ads. You can view them here: http://goo.gl/9pDGJH

      Thank you for using Junk Mail!

  10. Glenda says:

    I’ve used Junk mail for years. Now suddenly you start to decline my ads. First the macaws and now the rabbits. I am a responsible seller and never ever had any come backs.

  11. melissa says:

    As far as i am concerned you guys have no idea what is legal and what is not let me name them.
    Curly hair tarantula -illegal I buy them at the local pet shop or any other pet shop the same as red rumps and golden knees.

    or the angora bunnies i advertised? at Junk mail that is illegal too or is it the mice that were also declined because they are illegal and exotic.

    Best thing yet all these advertisements was on just a few days ago so here is my honest opinion get a better moderation team cause they clearly just guess or click accept or deny buttons without having the slightest clue what they are doing what so ever.

  12. jaco says:

    What is the problem to sell my rabbits i didn’t promote for slaughtering or any kind its just the same as other pets

  13. Etzel Wakefield says:

    Ek het ‘n advertensie geplaas om van my sierduiwe te verkoop. Hulle is pragtig versorg. Dit is ‘n stokperdjie so oud soos tyd met name soos Uiltjies, Fantails, Homers ens. Hoekom word dit ‘decline’. Dis mos nou loutere snert. Ek dink die span wat hierdie besluite maak moet hulleself eers ‘educate’ anders los ek Junkmail maar net uit en adverteer elders!!!

  14. Riaan Mynhardt says:

    Ek weet n boerboel mag nie gelys word nie, maar ek moet n aannemer kry vir my hond…

  15. Riaan vd Merwe says:

    Ek het die reels deur gelees en kan nie duidelikheid kry oor hoekom my ad om my anacondas te verkoop nie geplaas kan word nie. Kan iemand my dalk net verduidelik asb

    • Hi Riaan, the Anaconda belongs to the Boidae (Boa) family of snakes and these species are listed in the CITES II appendix. The CITES II appendix lists species which might become endangered if trade is not controlled. For more information you can also contact Ban Animal Trading (BATSA) on bananimaltrading@gmail.com. Thanks

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. Caz says:

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

  21. Herkie says:

    Please check with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the chicken ban. As far as we know, the ban was lifted in Nov 2017. Everyone is selling live chickens again. Auctions, online (except junkmail), direct, etc.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Good afternoon, Herkie

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have not received notification about this yet yet but will investigate with urgency then communicate on our blog when chickens are allowed on our site again.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

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