Dog rescue centers inundated with unsold puppies as lockdown demand ends

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Dog ownership increased across UK during Covid lockdown, prompting breeders to produce more puppies to meet demand

Welsh Dog Rescue Charity Says Space Is Running Out As Breeding Centers Deliver Loads Of Puppies To Them

Dog rescue centers fill with unsold puppies as people return to work and the lockdown demand ends.

Dog ownership across the UK has risen sharply during Covid, but is now leveling off as people start to return to the office.

But breeders continued to produce puppies at the same rate despite the lack of demand, Wales Online reports.

Friends of Animals Wales in Ton Pentre has taken in dozens of unsold and abandoned dogs since the end of the puppy pandemic.

Last week, they welcomed seven Cavachon puppies handed over by a single breeder.

Center owner Eileen Jones said, “We have had a lot of unsold puppies.

“You have all these puppies that were in the works, but people have gone back to work and life is back to kind of normal and there is no demand there.








Friends of Animals Wales say they have saved dozens of unwanted dogs from breeders since lockdown ended
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“But these puppies were already on their way because it takes about 20 weeks from conception to when they are ready to go, as they are sold between eight and ten weeks old. There are puppies but no market for them. . “

She said when puppies reach 12 to 14 weeks of age, they become less attractive to buyers and are at risk of developing behavioral issues if not socialized properly.

Breeders then usually forward the adolescent puppies to rescue centers.

Eileen added: “The other thing is we have the Christmas market coming up so these puppy breeders don’t want to be full of teenage puppies that they can’t sell and want room for eight to 10. weeks.

“It’s a bit of a dumping ground, but we’re happy to welcome because we know we’re giving these puppies the best possible future.”

Dog centers typically experience a surge of overgrown puppies around February, which are Christmas dogs that cannot be sold.

But as Eileen says “never ever at this time of year”.




The Covid lockdown has seen dog purchases increase, with around 3.2 million pets purchased and breeders quickly pulling puppies to meet demand.

Eileen said puppy breeder lne told her, “Everyone breeds with anything that has a heartbeat.”

Breeding and breeding dogs, worn out by the tidal wave, are also flooding the rescue centers.

The influx has led to a shortage of available places.

Dermot Murphy, leader of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “We are concerned that some people bought a pet on a whim without considering how their lifestyle might change once the pandemic is over.

“The fear is that we will see an increase in the number of abandoned and neglected animals that come into our care. “


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