With this year’s Pup Aid only days away, we thought it was the perfect time to compile the ultimate guide on how to ensure the puppy you buy is not helping to continue the horrific practice of puppy farming.
A puppy farmer is defined as a high volume breeder who breeds puppies with little or no regard for the health and welfare of the puppies or their parents. Usually their sole intent is to make profit, with no regard to the health, wellbeing or living conditions of the breeding dogs and puppies.
On a puppy farm, breeding dogs and pups are usually kept in horrible conditions. Cramped, dark and unclean cages are all a puppy will know until they’re taken away from their Mum – usually at far too young an age. They will then be sold to pet shops, from free newspaper ads or on free online selling websites.
These pups will often be bought in good faith by owners, who will then find the puppies to be totally unsocialized and riddled with both infectious and inbred often incurable diseases. If they do make it to a new home, they’ll usually require thousands of pounds worth of medical, surgical and/or behavioural treatment to fix them causing even more pain, suffering and heartbeak for both pups and families.
What can I do to ensure I don’t buy a puppy from a puppy farm?
Here at Tailster, we always think that adopting a dog should be the first option – thousands of healthy and loving dogs are looking for their forever homes, and you could be the perfect choice! Failing that, make sure you find a reputable breeder. The Kennel Club has an assured breeder scheme, which promotes good breeding practices, and holds their breeders to a set of practices meaning pups are happy and healthy.
If you do decide to buy puppy via another method, make sure to ask ‘Where’s Mum?’
Always be cautious if:
- Mum isn’t there (she’s most likely miles away on a cruel puppy farm)
- You’re told mum’s at the vet, been run over, sick, or is basically anywhere else
- Price is either very cheap (£100-£350) or very expensive (£2000-£7000)
- Pup is being sold in a pet shop or garden centre
- Pup is sold from website, motorway service station, pub etc
- You’re offered free delivery
If you have any suspicions that someone may be running or using a puppy farm, you should report it to your local authority or Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. Please don’t buy the puppy – as much as it will pull on your heart strings – as this simply fuels the trade, causing even more puppies and breeding bitches to suffer.
What does Pup Aid do & how can I support them?
PupAid is the brainchild of celebrity vet Marc Abraham, who’s campaign and petition has been supported by many celebrities, and debated in parliament. They campaign to stop the puppy farming trade, and launched the ‘Where’s Mum?’ campaign in order to promote ethical puppy buying.
PupAid has a dog show every year, with more celebrities, stalls and family fun than you can shake a stick at! This years event is on the 5th of September, in Primrose Hill, and we’re very excited to say that Tailster will be there, in our big orange gazebo, to answer any questions you might have. We also have lots of prizes and home-made treats to give away, and we’ve got some fab photographers who can snap the perfect picture of your dog for you! We hope to see you all there!
A note about what we do at Tailster.
Tailster.com is the online website that helps dog owners find trusted, local and insured dog boarders, sitters and walkers at times like going away on holiday, ad-hoc emergencies or for regular walks. If you need a sitter, click here and let us know what you need and we will find the right dog boarder or sitter for you quickly.
You can also apply to become a dog walker or dog boarder in order to help our dog owners looking for dog boarding and walking services.