Don’t Be Blinded by Puppy Love in the North East – Volunteer, Foster or Adopt Instead

In this three-minute read, we look at fears the UK is heading for an animal welfare crisis this winter.

Demand for puppies skyrocketed during lockdown, but with furlough ending later this month and the economy struggling, is the reality of pet ownership about to bite? ๐Ÿ•

Earlier this year, demand for puppies skyrocketed, with Google searches for โ€œPuppies near meโ€ increasing more than six times (by 650%) between January and July.๐Ÿ“ˆ

As a result, the price of popular breeds such Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs and Chow Chows shot up.

The asking price for a Dachshund, for example, increased from ยฃ973 in March to ยฃ1,838 in June (figures from The Dogs Trust).

But what happens when the novelty of owning a puppy wears off?

RSPCA (England & Wales),ย Dogs Trustย andย The Kennel Club UKย have all raised concerns about the number of people who bought four-legged friends on a whim during the lockdown. ๐Ÿฉ

They fear a surge in the number of dogs dumped or abandoned as people struggle to pay for pet food and vet bills or exercise their pooch every day.

The Kennel Clubโ€™s Head of Health and Welfare Bill Lambert says: โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜บ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต-๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค โ€“ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ โ€˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญโ€™ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ.โ€

Due to this growing concern, the RSPCA has renamed October โ€œAdoptoberโ€ (see what they did there?). The campaign urges people who are determined to get a dog to adopt, instead of buy.

By adopting a rescue dog, you will be giving an animal in need a loving home. You will also be able to rest easy in the knowledge that you havenโ€™t fuelled the activities of overseas puppy farmers, who illegally smuggle dogs into the UK and sell them on the internet.

๐Ÿ˜ข These dogs often have serious health and emotional problems as they are often kept in unhygienic conditions, are in poor health and are removed from their mothers too soon. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines says: โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ: ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜บ.โ€

And if adoption isnโ€™t for you, there are, of course, other ways you can do your bit for the canine community. Many animal charities are looking for people to foster dogs, providing pooches with a temporary residence until they find their โ€œforever homeโ€. ๐ŸŒŸโญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ

Or you could consider volunteering your services as a dog walker to various charities around the country. Check out the work of the Cinnamon Trust (https://cinnamon.org.uk/home/) and The Underdog (https://www.theunderdog.org/)

Weโ€™d love to see your dog, whether itโ€™s a rescue, fostered, owned, or adopted, so feel free to share photos of your four-legged companion with us here at Castledene. ๐Ÿฆฎ๐Ÿถ

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