That's what I hope, that this might work towards educating the public to some degree, more than just getting Craigslist to change their policy. Perhaps if enough people start agitating about this, with petitions or whatever, a public conversation might begin.. and uninformed/uneducated owners would begin to learn why "Free to good home" ads are not a good idea. At this point, I'm afraid most of the conversation is among those of us who already know this, and we're just feeling bad about the situation.
With a public conversation, perhaps SOME people, only a FEW maybe? will think twice about their original plan to run a Craigslist ad or otherwise just give the animal to anyone. Maybe a FEW animals will come out better as a result.
I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.
-- Terry Pratchett (1948—2015), Sourcery