I've looking for rescue Sphynx for some time now. I found one ad that I replied to, and I've gotten a response but online transactions like this make me weary and I thought I'd run this past a group that's more knowledgeable than I on the topic of rescue pets. I replied to an ad that was listed in Edmonton, AB which is a 3 hour drive from where I live. Said 4 month old old little girl needed to be re-homed cause their family was growing and the owner was worried they wouldn't have time for her. "Hi I am selling my loved Sphynx cat. She is 4 months old, fully house trained, loves to have a bath. She is fed on dry food and loves to spend time with people. This is a sad sale, but due to being pregnant and due in the next 4 weeks i do not feel that we will be able to give her the time and attention she requires. She is looking for a forever home. She likes other cats and is fine with children. She had never lived with a dog so not sure how they would get along. Please no more time wasters. This is a genuine sale of a family cat which is going to cause heartache to my children so please only contact if you are serious and genuine. " I replied as I'm genuinely looking for a companion for me and my son (I'm a stay home mom) and it seemed almost too good to be true since it was listed so close to us, I figured we could go pick her up and they were only asking a nominal fee. Sounded great. The reply comes back and I'll quote the 2 paragraphs that sent up red flags. "We are a lovely home, my husband, myself and one kid living down town but we have been transfered to Santa FE springs CA where my husband has a new job as an auditor. We are now located in Santa FE and we are giving kiki out for several reasons:Firstly, our new home policies does not involve keeping pets, Secondly, i am 6 months pregnant, i guess i will loose attention to her when i give birth, since my husband is working longer hours so we are left with no choice than to give her away to any lovely home . She can only be delivered to your location(home) via a pet and animal transport company considering the distance involve,i hope you are okay with kiki being transported to your location. I would have prefare you come here and pick her up but i guess distance is a problem.the pet delivery services do a home delivery and so we have nothing to worry about the delays at the airport and all that.. the pet gets delivered right to your door step, we are giving kiki out for free adoption and all you will have to do is pay for the delivery/shipping fee and the change of ownership papers..we do consider the fact that there will be a delivery charge involve by the pet delivery services so we have eliminated any charge placed on the pets, all you will now be doing is handling the delivery charges to your location." Honestly I'm thrown that the listing was for a Canadian location when they have "relocated" to California. It could be legit and I'm willing to tread lightly but ... 1. I was wondering if you fine folks would deem this to be a sort of bait and switch or a scam? 2. If you think it could be legit, how would you recommend going forward? I know nothing about pet delivery services (how they are paid/how much it costs) and how would you recommend me asking her to prove that the cat is in fact a Sphynx and not some alley cat? I should add that she did send some pictures along with the reply email but who's to say they are of the kitten I would be receiving ..if.. this all when ahead? Thanks for taking the time to read over this, I really appreciate it. It's nice to have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of when I'm uncertain.