It sounds like a good idea: saving an adorable young puppy from an illegal dealer who neglects their basic rights. Sadly, this helps support the Puppy Farming Trade, and whilst you would rescue one puppy; neglect, stress and trauma would remain in store for many more.
The government is taking action on this critical animal welfare issue, and if you’re thinking of purchasing a puppy there are things you can do too.
What can you do?
Avoid spontaneous purchases.
Buy from a reputable breeder. They may have a waiting list but a happy, healthy dog is worth waiting for.
Visit the puppies at 3-4 weeks.
Collect your puppy at no younger than 8 weeks. Puppies shouldn’t be separated from their mothers before this.
See where the litter is kept. Is it safe and warm? Don’t trust a breeder who can’t show you where the puppies live, for whatever reason.
See them feed from their mother. If the mum is nowhere to be seen, the puppies were not bred at this location.
Seek regular updates and photos of the puppy. Genuine breeders will be happy to display their pets’ quality of care.
NEVER buy puppies from car parks or over the internet. In fact, only buy a puppy from the breeder’s home.
Don’t forget to visit your local rehoming centre. Last year the RSPCA rescued 129,602 animals. If you’re looking to save a dog from a disadvantaged background, this is the way to do it!
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