I recently received an email from the Kennel Club (KC) which I was asked to share and promote. Although I do not see eye to eye with many of the KC's actions, this one is close to my heart and needs all the help it can get, making people aware of puppy farming. Please watch and share the video, as if you are on the outset of looking for a puppy, it gives you very good pointers to finding a good breeder and even if the breeder is on their Assured Breeder Scheme, you should check they are with the KC and that the KC have inspected them recently, don't forget that on the KC Assurred Breeder Scheme the only health test that is mandatory for Cavaliers is the eye test, so for Cavaliers it still falls very short on guaranteeing better health than a Cavalier not being bred through this scheme.
Shocked by their survey that still around 33 % of people buying a puppy are not seeing it with the mother and half not seeing the breeding enviroment the pup was reared in. You should always see the Mum with the pups and in the breeding enviroment, so you know the temperament of Mum is good and she is healthy, and how they are being reared. Rule of thumb is if the house is spotless, not even a whiff of dog or a chewed corner of furniture or chair leg, the chances are the pup was not reared there.
69 % of people not seeing the health tests of the parents does not surprise me though, because often people seem to embarressed to ask about this when meeting the breeder, if already told over the phone, "the pups parents have all relevent health tests for it's breed." You must push this point and see the documentation for any health tests you have been told the parents have had done.
The biggest issue for me with puppy farming and I feel the KC do not stress enough, is the parents and the life they have, or really the lack of it. The pup is often the luckier one on the puppy farming trade, it escapes, the parents sadly, for most, never escape, death will be their only ever freedom, so think before, you think you are rescuing a puppy farmed puppy, because you sentance the mum to life imprisonment, every time a puppy farmed puppy is bought.
It's good that more attention is being brought to this. We though must not let the KC rest on their laurals, but ask them to roll out the slowly improving Assured Breeder Scheme to all registering of pups with them, even if it means loss of revenue for them from registrations, because until they do that, they are complicit in the puppy farm trade, because the KC are still earning money from registering of pure breed pups from this trade.
Please read the letter from the KC below and share. Please support Pup Aid and contact your local MP to ask them to attend the parlimentary debate on the 4th September on banning the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops. Many thanks.
Dear Mrs JT Howarth,
From 1st – 7th September, we will be
holding Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) 2014 – an opportunity to give potential puppy owners vital information about the most responsible way to find and buy a puppy and we need your help - as our recent survey has shown that we have a
puppy welfare crisis on our hands.
People often don’t know what to look for when buying a puppy, or how to separate the good breeders from the bad, meaning
that too many irresponsible breeders are continuing to make money from selling sick puppies.
The PAW survey conducted by the Kennel Club in 2013, and to be updated again this year, shows that a shocking number of people are buying puppies from disreputable sources. One in three source their puppies on internet sites, on social media, in pet shops or through free ads in newspapers – all sources that can be used by puppy farmers. One third of puppy buyers reported not seeing their puppy with its mum and half not seeing its breeding environment, rising to 70 percent and 65 percent respectively amongst those who buy in pet shops and online. A further 69 percent do not see the
relevant health test certificates for the puppy’s parents.
WATCH AND SHARE THE VIDEO » Watch
this video on the Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Puppy and
make sure you share it with all your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, plus upload it onto
your website, to help spread the important message.
PUP AID » The Kennel Club supports Pup Aid, the campaign to end puppy farming, and Pup Aid has achieved a parliamentary debate on 4 September about its e-petition, which received
110,000 signatures, to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops. You can support this debate by writing to your MP and asking them to attend the debate, as it is vital that there is strong cross-party support for the issue.
Visit www.pupaid.org.uk to find out how to get involved and write to your MP. If you live in the London area, come along to Pup Aid at Primrose Hill on 6th September - a fun day out that also helps raise awareness about the UK’s cruel puppy farming trade.
You can find out more about the Kennel Club’s Puppy Awareness Week atwww.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw. Thank
you for your support.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.