The Pet Charity Releases Puppy Charter
The Pet Charity is the national, public-facing body that promotes the joy and benefits pets have on society. The Charity has released a six-step charter to help guide the public in taking on the responsibility of a dog.
The recent debate in the House of Commons resulted in an overwhelming agreement from MPs and charities; the public needs better advice to avoid being ‘duped’ into buying a ‘farmed’ puppy. Below is The Pet Charity’s advice.
1. Do you really want a puppy? Many young (as well as mature) dogs are available via established charities’ centres and breed club re-homing schemes.
2. Do not consider a puppy that has been separated from its mother before eight weeks old. If you are in contact with a breeder prior to this point, do not be tempted or convinced to take the puppy earlier; it is illegal to sell a puppy under eight weeks old.
3. Understand that the period between six to 16 weeks of a puppy’s life is critical for socialisation. Has the seller the facilities and staff to ensure correct socialisation of the puppy is taking place?
4. Do not purchase remotely, especially through arranging a meeting via the internet. Many internet advertisements are fronts for illegal importation and battery-puppy farms, where animal welfare is compromised. Sadly once seen, it is hard to resist a ‘pity-purchase’. Ideally, if using the internet, search for a licensed, Kennel Club Assured breeder.
5. On any premises, ask for evidence of training, licensing and inspection. All breeders must be licensed if they sell puppies.
6. Ask for the veterinary records and details of the practice that has previously seen the mother and litter as well as up to date vaccination certificates.
The Pet Charity will campaign to put this charter into the public domain in order to raise awareness of these six simple checks that will help guide anyone acquiring a puppy. We seek collaboration from all the welfare charities to ensure that pet owners meet equal standards from all outlets and have this consistent message to guide them during what should be a most happy and joyful experience of bringing a dog into their family.
For further comment from The Pet Charity or to arrange an interview with the Chairman, Paul Miley, please contact:
Sara Bazeley, Media & Campaigns Officer
Tel: 01234 224506
10th September 2014