When taking on a dog, please do consider taking on a rescue dog. Giving a dog a furever home is so rewarding, especially if you take one on who has some issues to be addressed. Re-homing dogs happens for a wide range of reasons, including the owners going into hospital, being too ill to care for the dog any more, death, as well as having to move home due to personal circumstances.
However, it is important that you check out the rescue organisation before taking on a dog. There is a good reason for this.
A number of the dog rescue organisations in Dorset actually buy pups and ex breeding dogs from Irish puppy farms and back yard breeders, and then sell them on to the unsuspecting public in Dorset. These pups and ex breeding dogs are usually sold with the promise of vaccinations, neutering or spaying, chipping and of being healthy.
In reality, the dogs are quite often sick and are either not vaccinated, or too sick for the vaccination to have taken effect. There are numerous stories of pups being brought from these organisations and then being ill for many months. Some dogs never make it, and despite a small fortune being spent on vet fees by the rescuer on their new dog, the dog simply dies. Every organisation that brings dogs over from Ireland appears to have Charity status.
This culture of bringing dogs over from Ireland is not just a Dorset thing, and there are rescue organisations across the United Kingdom bringing these dogs in.
Unfortunately, they use the human nature in people to buy their dogs. The "I saw this dog and just had to save it from them" is why these people keep bringing dogs in. The sale of these dog is not to help bring more dog over, but is to fund the life style of the organisers.
The Dogs Trust carry out a survey every year of how many unwanted dogs are put down each year across the UK. Some seven thousand dogs are put down each year solely due to there being too many dogs in the country.
Some people ask "But what would happen to those poor Irish dogs if these organisations didn't rescue them. The fact is that many of these dogs are being breed in puppy farms and back yards for the sole purpose of being sold to these so called rescue charities.
So please do research your chosen rescue rehome organisation charity before even looking at their dogs.
That is a lot of neutered dog
Both of my rescue dogs came through the UK Cavalier club's welfare service.
Both were bought from Welsh puppy farms after members of the public searched on-line for a puppy. Once the buyers had recognised their mistake in taking on the pups, they both spoke to their vets - who put them in touch with the cavalier breed welfare service.
The buying of these two pups from the two Welsh puppy farms by the unknowing public did nothing more than encourage the puppy farm breeders to breed more dogs for money :-(
Now please visit the Puppy Love Campaign website to learn about puppy sales