Submitted by Steve on 17:32, 9th Jul, 2015 | 0

The GSPCA would like you to help Naturewatch Foundation who are appealing to help spread the word to our supporters about The Great British Puppy Survey.

It was set up by Naturewatch Foundation, together with other fantastic animal welfare groups including PupAid and CARIAD, as part of their campaign to end the suffering of breeding dogs and their puppies at the hands of unscrupulous breeders and third-party dealers.

The aim is to better understand UK consumer practices; how they or you made choices and what outcomes they or you have experienced.

The data will be used to help create a sound strategy to tackle the issue of puppy farming.

To complete the survey please go to:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/puppysurvey

To support the survey please #puppysurvey on social media

Naturewatch Foundation will share the data with animal welfare organistaions to help towards animal welfare work.

Please do help us share the survey on Guernsey and UK-based social media, blogs, websites or newsletters.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Every year we talk to owners of new puppies that may have purchased their new pet from unscrupulous breeders or dealers and some of which become very ill, have health issues and some even die within a short period of taking them home."

"Puppy farming is a huge issue across the UK and Europe and at the GSPCA we would always want anyone looking for a new pet to ensure they they adopt or purchase from a reputable breeder or rescue."

"There is an increasing trend of illegally imported puppies from Eastern Europe and these dogs may well carry diseases that we certainly do not see in the UK let alone Guernsey."

"Both personally and professionally I have been involved with rescuing puppies from unknown sources and dealt with puppy farms and many of the scenes are heart breaking."

"Please do help Naturewatch Foundation spread the word about The Great British Puppy Survey and the great work of PupAid and CARIAD."

To see the GSPCA puppy advice page please click here. 

Here is a copy of their recent press release to promote 

Puppy buyers share experience of finding, buying and homing puppies through national customer survey  

Have you bought a puppy in the past 5 years?  If so, please complete The Great British Puppy Survey.

As part of their mission to end suffering for breeding dogs and their puppies, a group of animal welfare organisations have launched The Great British Puppy Survey.  Created by Naturewatch Foundation, Canine Action UK, The Karlton Index, PupAid, C.A.R.I.A.D. and Hidden In-Sight, the questionnaire is believed to be the most comprehensive puppy buying survey in the UK.

Controversy over puppy farming and public concern about back yard breeding have highlighted the need to understand industry and consumer practice. The Great British Puppy Survey reveals how people buy a puppy, how they made their choice and what outcomes they experienced.

Participants remain anonymous, but have a chance to share the story of finding, buying and homing their puppy, and of any problems they may have encountered. Sharing the survey with a large number of recent puppy owners will reveal buying patterns to ascertain why commercial breeding and selling of puppies is flourishing in the UK.

A spokesperson for the groups says:

“I am delighted that we can look forward to data revealing how the British public buy puppies. We need clear evidence to support what we already know – that far too many puppies and dogs suffer needlessly at the hands of breeders and dealers who put profit ahead of welfare. This survey will provide much needed data to help us understand the problem and develop a better strategy for tackling the issues.”

Nearly 3000 recent buyers have already completed the survey and anyone who has purchased a puppy in the UK in the last five years can take part.

Whether you’ve had a good or bad experience buying your puppy, they want to know about it.  It takes no longer than ten minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/puppysurvey

#puppysurvey

The group will report on the data to provide evidence for both government and the buying public.

End of the Naturewatch Foundation press release

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