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Finding your new puppy

Posted on 12 Sep 2012

There are so many ways to get a new puppy, so it’s sometimes hard to know which option is best. But it’s extremely important to do your research and make sure that you get your new pet from a responsible source. Blue Cross editor Natasha Kleanthous has put together some advice to help…

Okay, you already know that here at Blue Cross we absolutely love adult dogs and think that, not only do they deserve a second chance, they have lots of love to give.

But we know that some people have their heart set on a puppy and we do understand – as long as you and your family have researched thoroughly and are all ready for the time, cost and long-term commitment that your new pet will need.

So, now you’ve made your decision, where do you start to look for your new pup?

Animal charities

Charities like Blue Cross are an excellent choice to get a puppy from. There are lots of benefits to rehoming a rescue pet and we often have youngsters of all different shapes and sizes looking for new homes.

All our pets come with a full MOT which means they are examined by a vet, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and neutered if they’re old enough.

They are also rehomed using our tailor made service, so we’ll look at each case individually and match you to the right pet for your lifestyle.

We even offer ongoing advice after you’ve rehomed a Blue Cross pet, so if you ever need us, we’re here for you.

Thousands of stray, abandoned and unwanted pets are desperate for good homes so you’ll also feel happy in the knowledge that you’ve helped an animal in need.

If you want a particular breed of dog but still want to help a rescue pet, you can contact specific breed rescue organisations via the Kennel Club.

Use a reputable breeder

If you do want to buy a pedigree dog, ask your vet or breed club to recommend a responsible breeder.

Ask the breeder for all the relevant paperwork, like pedigree registration papers, health screening certificates and a written medical history, including vaccinations and worming.

Ask to meet the pet’s parents, relatives and siblings to observe their temperament and general health and welfare and find out if the parents or any of their other litters have developed inherited diseases or problems.

Ask about how the youngsters have been socialised and avoid those that have been reared in kennels, as they may have missed out on important aspects of growing up.

You can also ask to contact the breeder’s vet and other people who have bought youngsters from them to verify this – if they refuse, go elsewhere.

Be responsible

Don’t purchase online or from dealers who offer multiple breeds or types of pets – these may well turn out to be puppy farmers or commercial dealers who have little interest in the welfare of the pets they sell.

Research from the Kennel Club showed that in 2011 as many as one in four people may have bought their puppy from a puppy farm without even knowing it.

Puppy Awareness Week logoPuppy Awareness Week is run by the Kennel Club to celebrate the joy that they bring to our lives and provide potential owners with information about the responsible way to get a puppy.

Find out more about Puppy Awareness Week.

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