What you can do
Please help us to stop this cruel trade by reading the following list and spreading awareness:
If you decide to adopt a companion make sure it is a well thought out and carefully researched decision.
Thousands of dogs of all breeds can be found in shelters and rescue centres across the country, all desperate for a loving home so please don’t forget them and please tell friends and family wishing to adopt to do the same!
Puppies advertised on a website, a local paper or a high street pet shop could so easily come from a puppy farm. Be extremely wary when lots of breeds are advertised and if only mobile phone numbers are given.
Don’t buy a puppy out of sympathy because this will just fuel the trade.
Always insist on seeing the puppy's mother and ideally her interacting with her litter. Never buy a puppy younger than eight weeks of age.
Purchase should be after, or conditional on, a satisfactory veterinary examination (ideally an independent one).
Do a quick heath check - look out for fleas and parasites and avoid puppies with pot bellies as they may have intestinal worms
Puppies should have received their first vaccinations in their immunisation programme before being taken from their mother so check certificates and paperwork.
Research any endorsements and claims made and ask lots of questions about the background of the puppy.
You are entitled to check with your local authority if you have any concerns about the premises and the breeder.
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