Stranded puppy boom sees Welsh rescue centers inundated with unwanted pets
The lockdown saw the biggest increase in pet demand in history – and with it, prices are climbing by the thousands.
But as the restrictions relax and people return to the office, demand has plummeted.
However, breeders continued to produce puppies at the same rate despite the lack of demand for them.
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As a result, shelters and rescue centers across Wales are the most affected, as breeders abandon unsold puppies.
One of the Welsh centers affected by the puppy pandemic is Friends of Animals Wales in Ton Pentre, which is home to dozens of unsold and abandoned dogs.
Last week, the rescue center welcomed seven Cavachon puppies who were handed over by their breeder.
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Owner Eileen Jones said: “We’ve had a lot of unsold puppies. You have all these puppies that were in the making, but people have gone back to work and life has come back to some kind of normalcy and there is no did not ask for it there.
“But these puppies were already on their way because it takes about 20 weeks from conception to when they are ready to go, as they are sold between eight and ten weeks old. There are puppies but no market for them. . “
Eileen says that as soon as a puppy turns 12 to 14 weeks old, it becomes less attractive to potential buyers and can develop behavioral issues if not socialized.
At this point, breeders tend to forward teenage puppies to rescue centers like Friends of Animals Wales.
Eileen added: “The other thing is we have the Christmas market coming up so these puppy breeders don’t want to be full of teenage puppies that they can’t sell and want room for eight to 10. weeks.
“It’s a bit of a dumping ground, but we’re happy to welcome because we know we’re giving these puppies the best possible future.”
Rescue centers often receive a wave of oversized puppies around February – Christmas puppies that didn’t sell.
But as Eileen says “never ever at this time of year”.
During the lockdown, around 3.2 million pets were purchased and the puppies were bred quickly to meet demand.
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Eileen quotes what a puppy breeder told her: “Everyone breeds with anything that has a heartbeat.
Breeding and breeding dogs have been used far beyond what they should have and now, with lockdown dogs not working, they are returning to rescue centers. Space is tight.
Dermot Murphy, leader of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “We are concerned that some people bought a pet on a whim without considering how their lifestyle might change once the pandemic is over.
“The fear is that we will see an increase in the number of abandoned and neglected animals that come into our care. “
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