On Saturday 1st September, Pup Aid hosted their annual free dog show in Primrose Hill, London. The aim of this event and Pup Aid as an organisation, is to simply put a stop to the demand for puppies, which leads to puppy farming. They do this by setting their event up to raise awareness for responsible breeding practices and promoting the amazing dogs available for rescue. Puppy farms are unfortunately still running all around the world where both the breeding dogs and their puppies are kept in horrible conditions, the puppies are then sold in mass and the mumma dogs will go on to have more litters than the maximum frequency they should. It’s tough knowing that this is still going on, but with organisations like Pup Aid and events like the one they are hosting, we can put an end to this horrible industry. For more information about Pup Aid and their event click HERE.
Puppy Farms Uncovered
What is puppy farming?
Puppy farming is defined as the ‘mass commercial production of puppies for profit and without a thought for the welfare or happiness of the puppies, mothers or fathers. The Puppy Farming Study Group go further to explain they are ‘intensive volume breeders who have little regard or consideration for the basic needs and care for the dogs concerned.
What do puppy farmers do?
They separate puppies from their mothers way too early, which causes problems for the pups and the mums. The puppies are kept in poor conditions where they are unsocialised and usually have an array of horrible diseases. The puppies are usually not immunised and wormed when they should be and puppy farm breeders fail to follow breed health schemes let alone maximum frequency litter guidelines.
Ensure you don’t buy from a puppy farm by:
Ask to see the puppies mother, in their breeding environment and see them socialising with the other puppies. If you are going to buy from a breeder, make sure they are recommended and assured by the Kennel Club and if you are going to adopt, make sure the rescue centre is a registered charity. Also, don’t buy from a pet shop or collect them from a neutral location.
What to do if you think you are suspicious:
Don’t buy the puppy! I know it’s a catch 22 – you want to help the puppy and get them out of the situation, but you’re fueling the puppy farming trade which will mean the same pain for thousands more breeding dogs and puppies. Instead, report your suspicion to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.