Firstly we would like to say that there are responsible breeders, who will not sell to petshops or kennels who buy puppies in bulk purely for their re-sale (known as ‘puppy mills’ or ‘puppy-farmers’), and who will ensure that the puppies they breed are well-nutritioned, socialized, neutered and vaccinated. They will ‘vet’ potential owners, and offer a guarantee that they will take the dog back at any time during it’s life if the owner can no longer keep it for whatever reason.
Puppy farms are commercial breeders whose breeding animals and puppies are kept in less than humane conditions, without access to fresh water, proper diet, fresh air & exercise, as they are looking to make the highest margin of profit they can, without concern for the welfare of animals. They will not care who you are and whether your circumstances are right for keeping a dog, or in fact which breed of dog will be suitable for you; the dogs also are at higher risk of medical conditions such as parvovirus and distemper, hip dysplasia, heart diseases.. the list goes on and on.
In the Uk puppy farms are most common in Wales and Ireland (where joyously they have now been banned as of 1st January 2012! – see related article below) with the puppies being sold through classified ads in newspapers and the internet, and being sold to pet shops all across the country, mainly in Southern England.
The problem isn’t one just of dogs, but rather cats, horses and other animals are also being overbred and exploited for money.
With regard to horses which can be very expensive to keep, the recession has meant that a lot of people are having to rehome. Rescue centres are over-run with horses that will make ideal pets for riding and driving as well as companions, and are urging people to consider adopting a horse before buying a youngster or breeding.
So, what has to happen to stop the problem of over-breeding of animals?
- More responsibility must be placed with local councils to start inspecting breeders rigorously with the help of animal welfare or animal rights organisations, and less licenses should be handed out to irresponsible puppy farmers.
- There must be greater education for the general public as to the responsibilities of owning animals, encouraging people to research before buying or adopting.
- It should also be made much harder to dump animals at rescue centres, shifting the problem onto someone else but not solving it.
Of course, there are always genuine reasons for needing to rehome animals, such as illness or financial reasons, and we are not in any way trying to make that choice more stressful.
We know personally the heartache caused with the break-up of a marriage, illness and losing employment can have on the decision to be able to keep a loved pet or not. Especially when those pets were rescued & rehomed to us themselves. Fortunately the decision was made to keep the animals, and hasn’t been regretted!
If you are thinking about bringing a pet into your family, be it dog, cat, horse, bird, reptile or other animal, PLEASE consider whether it is right for your circumstances, and PLEASE look to adopt from a local rescue centre before going to a breeder or pet shop.
Even if you are looking for a certain breed, centres have these too, with the rise of ‘celebrity’ pets being bought them dumped. Registered purebreds can also be found in rescue centres, otherwise PLEASE buy from a reputable breeder. Do your research first.
NEVER buy from pet shops, commercial kennels (puppy farms) or backyard breeder.
Visit their facebook profile for more information, and see our recent blogs highlighting the animals they currently have looking for homes – ‘Animals needing homes – New Hope Animal Rescue’ And ‘Womble is now ready for a home – new Hope Animal Rescue March 2012’
We have also highlighted some of the dogs desperately needing homes with our previous charity of the month DDA Watch, please visit their website or see our blog for more details – ‘Animals Needing Homes – DDA Watch March 2012’.
Please visit our online pet accessories store Comets Corners for more details on how we – and you – can help! For every sale we make, at least 10% of our proceeds goes to our chosen animal welfare charity or organisation of the month!
And please, show your support for our cause by ‘Liking’ our new Facebook Page!
- Wondering Where to Get a New Puppy? (therealowner.com)
- Puppy Farming Outlawed in Ireland (ecorazzi.com)
- Womble is now ready for a home – new Hope Animal Rescue March 2012 (cometscorners.wordpress.com)
- Pets at Home and Dogs Trust work to rehome animals (mywaysavings.com)
- Facebook bans puppy mill ads (haleybehre.wordpress.com)
- Animals needing homes – New Hope Animal Rescue (cometscorners.wordpress.com)
- Pets at Home partners with Dogs Trust to promote rehoming (supersavingstoday.com)
- Amersham rescue – Horse becomes rehomed star (preciousjules1985.wordpress.com)
- Letter: A real horse scandal (guardian.co.uk)
- Better late than never? That remains to be seen. (craftytails.wordpress.com)
- End Puppy Mills! (learningfromdogs.com)
- How To Choose A Dog: Part 1 (rockthedogs.wordpress.com)
- Thinking About Buying a Puppy for Christmas? Read This First. (animalrescueblog.wordpress.com)
- Animals needing homes – DDA Watch March 2012 (cometscorners.wordpress.com)