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Puppy Awareness Week
14 September 2016
Puppy Awareness Week, 12-18 September 2016, is an annual campaign by The Kennel Club to spread the message of responsible puppy ownership. PAW aims to make sure that puppies live happy, healthy lives.
Whether you are looking to give a lifelong home to a puppy from a rescue centre, or looking to buy from a breeder, being puppy-aware involves making sure that you can separate responsible breeders from puppy farmers, know which breed is right for your lifestyle and that you can offer a forever home.
Research carried out by the Kennel Club shockingly shows that:
- 1 in 10 people bought a ‘mail order pup’ online or from a newspaper advert, without seeing it first.
- Almost half of dog owners are spending more on vets’ fees than they had accounted for – more than one in four people (27 percent) say that they suspect their puppy came from a cruel puppy farm.
- 1 in 5 pups bought online without the pup being seen first end up with gastro-intestinal problems and 15 percent with the potentially deadly parvovirus.
- Many people are unknowingly sold pups smuggled into the UK from puppy farms abroad.
If you are looking to bring a puppy into your home, please watch this video from the Kennel Club for further information on do’s and don’ts, when acquiring a new puppy.
For further information on looking after a puppy, please follow this link to our information pages.