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Today the way we shop is fast – we see something online, click a button, have it delivered and own it instantly. But buying a dog should never be quick or easy. An impulse buy can lead to owning a sick puppy, heartache, and unexpected expenses.

Take the Puppy Pledge and commit to not buy a puppy from puppy farms.

Many of the puppies advertised online come from the cruel puppy trade. They are bred in poor conditions in puppy farms, far too young to be taken away from their mothers, and often endure long journeys before being sold. By the time they are in your arms, they could be sick or go on to have behavioural problems due to lack of socialisation.

Doing the right research and asking the right questions can help you avoid the risks of the cruel puppy trade. Here you can find the information and resources you need to acquire a puppy responsibly.

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Commit to buy a puppy responsibly. Avoid falling victim to the puppy trade.

Health Risk

Puppies bought from puppy farmers can suffer from various diseases including canine distemper, parvovirus, kennel cough, leptospirosis for example. Many of the diseases can be prevented through vaccinations, good hygiene and proper upbringing, but due to the nature of the puppy trade where puppies are bred in poor conditions in puppy farms, there is a risk that some of the puppies may have contracted these diseases. Later in life they may also suffer from behavioural problems due to poor socialisation.

Emotional Risk

Many puppies from the puppy trade are sick or even worse, die. Heart-broken owners may find it very hard to recover from the experience of having a helpless pup, who they have bonded with, die in their arms, unable to do anything about it. This could also have an emotional impact on children who have bonded with their new pet only to see them suffering and not returning from the vets.

Financial Risk

If you unknowingly purchase a puppy without the proper vaccines, worming regime and socialisation in their first months, you may have expensive veterinary costs. Veterinary care may be needed to either treat an illness or to treat ongoing medical problems caused by poor breeding practices and genetic disorders. Later, you may also have to pay for behavioural training or therapy if your puppy develops behavioural problems due to a lack of socialisation earlier in life.

Legal & Fraud Risk

The increased demand for puppies have also brought an increase of puppy scammers. Not only that, puppies bought from dodgy puppy farmers often come with fraudulent papers. This includes false vaccination certificates, microchip details, and even falsified photos. This is done to hide the true origin of the puppy and the identity of the seller. With thousands of animals advertised online on any given day, this is a major industry with little to no animal welfare regulation.

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Puppy

Looking for the right puppy can be a difficult task, especially with all the fraudulent practices that unscrupulous puppy farmers have at hand. But there are steps you can take to avoid buying a puppy from the cruel puppy tradeHere is what you need to know:

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Victim stories

Chico's story

Absolutely heartbroken 


Chico lived in Laura’s loving home for less than a day. Read the full story.

Bella's story

Gone too soon


Bella's owners world fell apart when the beloved new puppy got sick immediately after they picked her up. Read the full story.

Poppy's story

8 months of turmoil


Christine and Poppy fought long and hard for her survival, after unknowingly buying her from an unscrupulous dealer. Read the full story.

Maxi & Freddy’s story

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Elina suffered heartbreak not once, but twice with her puppies Maxi and Freddy. Here she tells us of the emotional rollercoaster and her ongoing journey. Get to know her story.

Reggie's story

Instantly unwell


Reggie was bought on one of the UK’s most reputable classified ad sites, but within hours of joining his new family he became seriously ill. Find out the whole story. 
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