The RSPCA is appealing for new homes for shelter dogs in its care hot on the heels of National Dog Day, which took place on Thursday August 26, as it calls for people to ‘Adopt not shop’ for new pets.
Research has estimated that around 130,000 dogs come into UK rehoming charities every year with dogs being surrendered by their owners for a variety of reasons including ill-health, housing, financial or time constraints.
Yet, despite being a nation of dog lovers, with an estimated population of 9.6 million pet dogs in the UK, adopting a dog is not always an immediate choice with many turning to breeders to purchase a pet.
Only 17% of dog owners acquired their pets from UK rescue or rehoming centres compared to 31% who acquired their dog from a UK based breeder of one specific breed.
A further 22% opted to purchase their dog from a private seller (PDSA PAW report May 2021).
As part of its rehoming process, the charity ensures the animals in its care have been fully assessed by a vet and provided with any treatment before they are adopted.
The dogs are also neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.
The charity operates a careful rehoming process to ensure both the animals in its care and those seeking to adopt are the perfect matches and receive the right help and support.
More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/rehomepet/process