Two pups, both bought online by well-meaning members of the public and found to be in poor health, have found their happy ending thanks to Dogs Trust Basildon. The staff at the rescue centres see similar cases all too often, and is urging all potential puppy buyers to be wary of dogs advertised online.
Keanu, a Belgian Malinois puppy, had been put up for sale online for £50. The family who’d seen the advert became concerned for the pup, having found him in a small, dirty crate. The best advice in such cases it to walk away without the pup and without giving any money to the seller, but of course it’s difficult to ignore a puppy’s plight, and that desire to help is something unscrupulous sellers are counting on. The family bought Keanu and brought him to the Rehoming Centre so that he’d be cared for and rehomed.
Thankfully all ended well for Keanu, who found a ‘howly’ home with Catholic Priest Anthony Cho, from Ingatestone.
Father Anthony Cho says, “Keanu has been adjusting well to family life, joining his other former Dogs Trust Basildon brothers, Oreo and Raffles. The two dogs have accepted him into the pack at the parish – I call them the Canine Trinity of Ingatestone!”
The ease and popularity of the internet means that the impulse buying of pets has increasingly become an appealing option for many prospective buyers. However, the lure of a quick sale also attracts many unscrupulous breeders and dealers to websites
Doughie, a four-month Cockapoo, was also bought through an online advert. The puppy’s health began to deteriorate quickly, and the owner handed him over to the Dogs Trust staff so that he could be given the around the clock specialist care he desperately needed. The sickly, underweight puppy was nursed back to health and was soon ready to start a new life with Jodie Conway, from Grays.
Jodie says, “Dougie is such a lovely, happy, sociable boy who fortunately hadn’t suffered any long term affects from his ordeal. He’s a great canine communicator and gages well whether dogs want to interact with him! He has settled in really well and we love him dearly.”
Despite our efforts we have noticed many ‘bad’ adverts have moved to unengaged websites that have avoided working to implement the minimum standards on their sites
That of irresponsible advertising of pets for sales is not a new problem: the The Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG), comprised of animal welfare organisations, trade associations and veterinary bodies, came together over 15 years ago to combat growing concerns regarding the irresponsible advertising of pets. However, the problem has grown over the years, with dogs like Keanu and Dougie paying the price.
Paula Boyden, Dogs Trust Veterinary Director and Chair of PAAG, said, “The ease and popularity of the internet means that the impulse buying of pets has increasingly become an appealing option for many prospective buyers. However, the lure of a quick sale also attracts many unscrupulous breeders and dealers to websites.
“To tackle the challenges of online advertising of pets for sale, PAAG has been working with classified advertising sites to ensure the adverts are legal and ethical. Unfortunately though without regulation of online advertisements this voluntary approach has reached a plateau. Despite our efforts we have noticed many ‘bad’ adverts have moved to unengaged websites that have avoided working to implement the minimum standards on their sites.”
Through the development of a set of Government-backed minimum standards, PAAG has been “helping websites distinguish appropriate adverts from those that should be removed”. For further information, visit the PAAG website.
Images by Dogs Trust.