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Puppy Was Being Sold In Exchange For An iPhone — But People Saved Her Just In Time

“It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being.”

The puppy’s owners didn’t want her anymore. What they really wanted, they decided, was an iPhone.

Earlier this month, a friend of Emma Haswell, founder and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia, was scrolling through Facebook when she came across an ad.

“A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone,” Haswell told The Dodo. “She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.”

Ad selling puppy for an iPhone
The ad trying to sell Possum in exchange for an iPhone | Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Haswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasn’t too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online — although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.

To make the situation 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 didn’t waste a minute — she got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to front some cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price of an iPhone.

Puppy after being rescued
Possum after she was rescued | Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Once Possum was safe, Haswell settled her into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She spayed and vaccinated Possum so she'd be ready to find a new family — the kind of family that wouldn’t trade her for anything.

Possum didn’t have to wait for long. The very first family she met fell in love with her, and quickly decided to adopt.

“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.”

Little boy with two rescued puppies
Possum with her new family | Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Haswell would rescue another puppy like Possum in a heartbeat. “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.”

To help Brightside Farm Sanctuary rescue more dogs like Possum, you can make a donation.

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