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The ISPCA have some really good advice when it comes to adopting dogs


The ISPCA do amazing work in looking responding to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also in aiding sick and injured animals.

While they encourage everyone to try to adopt dogs and animals from shelters, they know that some people won’t, and so they’ve given advice to make sure people adopt and buy puppies sensibly, to stop cruelty.

So how can you be responsible when getting a new pet?

  • Always try to adopt from the ISPCA, your local rescue or dog pound, but if you don’t then don’t buy from unscrupulous breeders fueling demand – do your research.
  • Check if the seller is a registered commercial breeder and check the Local Authority Registration details.
    Reputable breeders do not advertise puppies for sale through online websites, pet shops, newspaper adverts or meet at petrol stations, car parks or at the side of a road.
  • Always ask to see both parents of the puppy and ask to see where the mom, dad and puppies are living. If they say you cannot see them, ask why. If you are concerned by excuses made as to why the mum and dad are not there, don’t buy a puppy out of guilt. If you suspect the puppies have come from a puppy farm, don’t add to the puppy demand by buying one.
  • Responsible breeders will want to do a home check and ask you important questions about your lifestyle in order to ensure you are a suitable owner for their puppy. If they do not care about whether you are able to care for the puppy etc,. then you should be cautious.
  • Are there are other dogs hidden from sight in nearby sheds or can you hear loud music playing to drown out the barking noise.
  • Ask to see the puppies veterinary records for vaccinations and parasite treatments,  microchipping certificate etc
  • Ensure you obtain a proper receipt.
  • Be cautious of large numbers of puppies for sale online using same adverts/phone numbers.

If you feel there is something wrong, or strange, contact the ISPCA cruelty complaint site. 

Remember, many families get dogs at Christmas without realising the responsibility that they entail. This leaves the ISPCA with a large number of abandoned dogs to re-home in the months following, so adopting is a great way to do good.

via ISPCA website

via ISPCA website

Speaking about this, and ISPCA spokesperson said;

“It is not the case that on Stephen’s Day the ISPCA see an influx of unwanted pets being abandoned, however we often see a problem later in the spring and summer months when some pet owners plan to go on holiday and realise they need to pay kennelling fee’s. At this stage puppies may have lost the ‘puppy appeal’ and are growing fast and becoming a nuisance due to the lack of training and socialisation.”

The DSPCA posted at the end of December with one of their first returns already.

“”My sister bought it for me for Christmas but I can’t look after it” and so little Holly has started her next chapter in life as an unwanted Christmas present. Again can we ask people to be responsible and DO NOT buy an animal as a gift no matter what time of the year it is. Adopt Don’t Buy”, they said.

For more information on adopting, donating, or taking care of your pet, visit the ISPCA.

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