I also want to highlight some other Mums who really need our help.
If these images pull you apart as much as they did me - please read on.
End Back Street Breeding
Did you know that around 70 pet shops in the UK still sell puppies? And it's estimated that 1.5 million out of the 9 million dogs in this country are most likely puppy farmed.
Source: Kennel Club's 2014 PAW Survey.
Half of those who bought puppies never saw the breeding environment, and 41% never saw their new puppy with its Mum before purchasing. Meaning all of those people have no idea where their puppy actually came from.
If you have a puppy and you didn't see it with its Mum or where it was bred, it is possible your dog was puppy farmed - by not doing these things, you could have unwittingly supported back street breeding.
Unlicensed breeders are literally churning out puppies, with no care for their health or well-being to make a quick buck - and we really need to help stop this.
The Mothers live awful lives, often never seeing the light of day. No walking, running or playing on grass or with toys. No love. Many live in squalid and filthy conditions and are forced to produce litters over and over.
What can we do to help?
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are urging us to contact our MP to ask them to:
1. Ban the sale of puppies under 8 weeks old
2. Introduce required breeding licenses for any household producing two or more litters of puppies per year (currently, the level is set at 5 litters)
You can do this by clicking here (it's just a few clicks, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have made it a really easy, unfiddly process.)
If you're looking for a puppy to join your family:
- Look at your local rescue centres - there are many puppies and adult dogs, both pedigree and cross breed, looking for homes.
- If you feel you need a non-rescue puppy make sure you search for a reputable breeder. Do not use social media, classified ads, or adverts in shop windows.
- Research the breed that will suit your lifestyle and living conditions. There's a really good short questionnaire here to give you a starting point for research. Start here, then really do your research both online and off. Speak with breeders and other owners to see if it is the right breed for you.
- Be aware that some breeds suffer diseases and illnesses due to their breeding. A good place to learn more about possible issues is the Pedigree Dogs Exposed blog.
- Make sure you see the puppy with its Mum in the breeding environment.
- Make sure, when you collect your puppy, that it is at least 8 weeks old. It should have its eyes open, have teeth, and be of a general happy disposition. Don't rely on the seller telling you it is - if need be, get a second opinion. It is imperative that a puppy stays with its Mum for those eight weeks before going to its new home.
- Good breeders will insist that if there any problems whatsoever with your puppy, or if you are unable to keep it, that you immediately contact them. This is often written into the sales contract.
And then, love your puppy for always.
Happy Mother's Day to all Mums.
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