Help end puppy farm horror
Most Australians would be outraged if they knew the truth behind where many puppies actually came from.
RSPCA Inspectors across Australia have seized thousands of dogs and other animals from puppy farms over the past two years, many in appalling condition and some requiring euthanasia.
Dogs on puppy farms are little more than breeding machines used to make their owners money. Mothers may be continually mated and kept with their puppies in cages and never allowed out to exercise, play, have companionship or even go to the toilet.
Puppy farmers will sell to anyone, wholesale and retail, and by any means, on-line, through pet shops, via newspapers and car boot sales or by using a false house as a ‘shop front'. To avoid supporting puppy farmers the RSPCA strongly recommends not buying a puppy unless you can view the parents and where it was born.
The RSPCA has released a Puppy Farm Discussion Paper and is calling on governments, responsible dog breeders and other groups to help end puppy farming in Australia.
If you're thinking of getting a dog, consider visiting the RSPCA or another reputable rescue organisation first. There are many wonderful animals looking for new loving homes. But if you're seeking a specific breed then you'll need to find a responsible breeder. Check out the RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyer's Guide for some advice on how to go about it.