on 09 February, 2018

Fill in the Consultation to end Third party Puppy and Kitten sales  

Save Me Trust Announcement Thursday 8th February 2018 Save Me has been working to end third party puppy sales in Britain since 2015. We have been working with  the wonderful Marc Abraham and Pup Aid, better known as TV’s Marc the Vet to ensure that the government also includes a number of other measures that will stop the suffering of dogs in Britain today.

Save Me CEO, Anne Brummer said; “ We are pleased that Michael Gove has listened and responded to the need for better control of third-party sales, the licensing of breeders, that Mum should always be present and interacting with the puppies and kitten.

Our concerns regarding the sales of puppies and kittens that are weak, underdeveloped or under 8 weeks of age and have been bred by the breeder have been included in the consultation as well as the requirement for the new owner to be present at the point of sale. We believe this will stop the sales of puppies and kittens online.

If you were to see a puppy farmer’s premises you would probably find it quite easy to see that the conditions are not adequate or acceptable, particularly if you asked to see their kennelling conditions. However, most puppy and kitten farmers will transport their puppies across the country to dealers, who then sell them from the internet, pet shops, free newspapers or even motorway service stations and this makes it a lot more difficult to identify where the puppy originated from.

'Some people still don't get it. Dogs being treated as a commodity. And cats too. Sold in shops or in the Internet. With no regard for their welfare beyond what is necessary to keep this shameful trade going. Puppy farms where dogs (and cats) suffer their whole lives as slaves kept alive only for breeding. IT WILL END SOON. And not a moment too soon. And in the meantime - NEVER buy a dog or a cat - RESCUE an abandoned creature and give it a loving home. There are so many waiting to be adopted. Bri' 

Here are a few tips to protect you from a rogue Puppy and Kitten farmer 

Do…

  • Ask to see the kitten or puppy’s mother, which should be present.
  • See the puppy or kitten in it's breeding environment and ask to look at the kennelling conditions. If the puppy or kitten wasn’t raised by the breeder or you suspect the conditions are not right, then DO NOT buy the puppy or kitten.
  • For a pedigree puppy or kitten always go to a reliable and reputable Kennel Club Assured Breeder which you can find here. If you want to find breeders currently with puppies or kittens visit the Kennel Club’s Find a Puppy website here. Assured Breeders will appear at the top of the search with purple scheme logos next to their name. 
  • Be prepared to be put on a waiting list – a healthy puppy or kitten is well worth waiting for.
  • Ask if you can return the puppy or kitten  if things don’t work out. Responsible and reputable breeders will always say yes.
  • Be suspicious of a breeder selling more than one (maximum two) breeds, unless you are sure of their credentials.
  • Consider alternatives to buying a pedigree puppy or kitten  like getting a rescue dog or pup. Click here to find a breed rescue puppy.

Don’t…

  • Buy a puppy or kitten from a pet shop – these have often come from puppy or kitten farms.
  • Pick your puppy or kitten up from a ‘neutral location’ such as a motorway service station. The offer to meet you half way is a common tactic used by puppy or kitten farm dealers.
  • Never buy a puppy or kitten to “rescue it”. Your just creating space for the dealer to breed more puppies or kittens.
  • Be fooled by a fake Kennel Club pedigree certificate. These are often used by puppy or kitten farmers who are already operating illegally and are unlikely to have any qualms about forging paperwork. Very few puppy or kitten farmers will register their litters with the Kennel Club. If in doubt check with the Kennel Club. 

We encourage the animal loving public to respond to the consultation process and remain confident of the government will legislate on the outcome in due course.

Fill in the Consultation Link here