A dog’s for life not for Christmas

In the eyes of our dogs we are their everything, we feed them, walk them, love them and play with them and we are returned with nothing but love and affection back. Their love for us seems to be eternal and everlasting however for many owners their love and attention towards their pets can seem to dwindle.

It is this loss of care and love for puppies and other companion pets that fills up animal shelters throughout the year, with it being reported that over 100,000 dogs are said to be without homes in the UK. Without loving families, many of these homeless dogs go starving and fall ill if they are not found and taken to a shelter.

This year Dog’s Trust created an awareness campaign to help show how many dogs are treated over Christmas. Using a short video, Corky the dog helps highlight how dogs can be seen and treated by some families as disposable and literally rubbish after Christmas ends.

Dog’s Trust has been campaigning this slogan for many years, however, this year Nick Daniel, Dogs Trust Marketing Director stated they wanted to “create an emotional connection to the campaign and prove that it wasn’t just a slogan but a serious message”.

On average Dogs Trust receives a call every 6 minutes from people wanting to give up their dog. With this statistic only to rise after the Christmas period as people rush buy puppies for loved ones with searches to get a puppy increasing by 44% over the Christmas period.

Dog Shelter, Puppy

What causes abandoned dogs in the UK?

Nowadays breeds of dogs go in and out of fashion like pop culture. This pop culture for dog breeds allows people to farm puppies. To farm puppies means to purposefully breed specific dogs in order to turn over a profit and having the popular dog at the time can result in higher profits.

With puppy farms there are no guarantees or checks that come when buying from official breeders, this means that puppies sold may be ill, malnourished or may not be suitable for specific homes and families due to personality issues.

This means that puppies can become undesirable in their homes and families, resulting in them being left out to fend for themselves or given away to a shelter.

What is Lucy’s Law?

Lucy, a King Charles Spaniel, was abandoned by a puppy farm after 5 years of being there. The farm had used her to birth litters of puppies for 5 years and once she couldn’t bear anymore the farm thought of her as useless and she was taken in by a family.

After seeing what condition Lucy was in, her new owner set to make her better. Sadly in 2016, Lucy passed away, only 3 years after being free with her new owner. After her passing her owner wanted to make sure that no other dog would be put into the same condition and put forward a petition to ban puppy farming.

This petition caught traction as she got backing from celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and ended up getting over 150,000 signatures. With so many signatures the petition was raised in Parliament and will be made law in April 2020.

The new law will mean that puppies and kittens can no longer be sold by third-party sellers such as pet shops and commercial dealers. This means that if you are looking to buy a puppy you will have to go to the breeder or shelter directly.

This Law is to help deter puppy farms keeping dogs in terrible conditions and separating puppies from their mothers from an early age as this can massively affect the health of those puppies.

What can we do to help?

Stray Dog

In modern times it can become so easy to buy a dog for someone or yourself and no longer requires too much thought to do so. This can lead to a lot of puppies being bought without considering many factors that come into raising a dog.

Dog’s Trust are asking for people to really consider whether they, or the receiver of the puppy, are ready for the responsibility of raising a puppy. This will slow down the demand for puppies and help reduce the number of puppy farms there are across the UK

Over Christmas, it is known that people are excited to get other puppies and kittens as presents for others and this is normally a rushed and informed decision.

If you are set on having a dog this Christmas, then we also suggest bringing home a dog from the shelter. With so many already overpopulating these shelters a great way to help reduce the number is to bring one home from there.

These dogs are still loving and friendly, however, may need a bit more training in social skills than other dogs however they will be more grateful when they feel at home with you showing them as much love as you can.

By Raised By Humans