Tuesday 21 August 2018

Puppy love: why you should consider re-homing a rescue dog

Photo by Pawtrait Ireland
Photo by Pawtrait Ireland

There is a reason dogs are called ‘man’s best friend’. For thousands of years these canine companions have been by our side offering unwavering devotion, affection and consolation in times of distress.

They have trekked with us over lands, warned us of danger and helped us to build homesteads. Today that closeness continues. Dogs not only work with humans in a professional capacity – like helping police officers or search and rescue teams – they also become beloved members of the family. Every dog, from the rolling, tumbling, ball-chasing bundle of exuberance to the quietly-dozing, sofa-ensconced beauty, is a character to be cherished.

Maybe we see in those pool-like, brown eyes a yearning and depth that speaks to our millennia-old bond. Maybe wanting a dog is some kind of primitive inclination that harks back to our ancestors. Or maybe it’s just because even being around a dog is proven to improve our heart health, reduce depression and make us more sociable. Whatever the reason, dogs are in high demand. Can we get a dog? – the fervent plea of children and adults alike, is causing puppy sales to soar.

And, like with most things in life, people are going online to find the dog of their dreams. “Puppies for sale” is estimated to be Googled approximately 110,000 times every month with the internet churning up a mind-blowing 13.9 million results to choose from. The increasing number of people searching for dogs online means that the option to re-home a rescue dog is at risk of being forgotten. Not only that, but buying a dog online comes with its own risks, particularly when searching on classifieds-type websites.

The internet can be a wonderful place, but unregulated practices mean that some people will take advantage.

While many online sales are genuine, classified websites can be used as a foil by exploitative breeders, or even those who run puppy farms.

It’s easy to be taken in by the adorable photograph and enticing description of your potential new dog, but duplicate adverts are often a hallmark of puppy farms. If you see identical images and blurb on multiple sites, you’ll know something is off. These fraudsters intend to pull on the heart-strings of impulse buyers hoping that you’ll fall in love with the pup’s doleful expression and commit to buying before asking questions about the dog’s upbringing and health.

In short, it is difficult to know what you’re buying when you go through the classifieds. If you are buying online, ensure the website is actively engaged in the minimum standards set out by the Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group. Breeders should be registered under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 and should not sell a puppy before they are eight weeks old. Keep in mind it’s also illegal to sell a dog that hasn’t been microchipped, so you should also receive a Microchipping Certificate from an approved database.

A simple alternative to avoid buying a puppy online from an unethical seller or breeder is to re-home a rescue dog. As the online marketplace for puppies continues to grow, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness of rescue dogs in need of a new home.

These are dogs of all shapes and sizes, all breeds and backgrounds, all ages and aptitudes longing for a new home. Rescue homes like the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Dublin have a special dog waiting just for you.

If you are looking for a canine companion, make the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre your first port of call. Not only are you likely to find the doggie of your dreams, you will also be certain in the knowledge you are rehoming a dog from a trusted source. Not only that, but you’ll also be giving a happy, loving home to a dog who really needs it.

Dogs Trust is encouraging you to be a #SpecialSomeone and give a rescue dog a loving, nurturing, fun-filled home. You’ll be gaining a new best friend safe in the knowledge that you’ve done a really great deed. For more information, visit the Dogs Trust website and pop round to your local Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre today.

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