Celebrity dog lover Gail Porter
My Shar-Pei Missy is the furry cornerstone of our family, filling our lives with fun and laughter. Missy is a happy, healthy dog and it saddens me that other families, with other much-loved pets, may have had to suffer their early loss because they were bred at a puppy farm. Many dogs from puppy farms suffer health and behavioural problems as a result of their upbringing in these vile places.
It’s too easy for families to get caught out when buying a dog and most will not realise that dogs advertised online, in newspapers or even those for sale in pet shops and garden centres could have come from battery farms.
West End stage star Lee Mead
As a dog lover, it makes me furious that there are still people in this world who see dogs as a means to make money. Can you imagine what misery man’s best friend goes through at a battery farm? Day after day, year after year spent in small, filthy pens, unable to interact with other dogs, to play or exercise.
I’m sure there are many, many people who will be horrified to know that their gorgeous family pet may have come from such a place. The only way to stop the battery farming of dogs is to make some noise about it so that future dog owners know how to spot a farmed puppy and are able to make the decision not to buy it.
TV Presenter and Wine Expert Jilly Goolden
As a dog lover, I wholeheartedly support the Dogs Trust drive to stop the Battery Farming of dogs. This extremely cruel practice inflicts misery on the mothers and often a lifetime of health problems on their pups. Please don't buy a puppy from an advert in the paper, from a pet shop or from a website as very likely these dogs will have been bred purely for profit in 'farmed' conditions. Even if you think that you will be 'saving' a dog you will only, inadvertently, be helping to keep the battery trade going even longer. Please visit instead a registered breeder or a rehoming charity if you are thinking of getting a dog.
Author Jilly Cooper
As a dog owner myself, I fully support Dogs Trust’s campaign to stop battery farmed dogs.
Anyone thinking of taking on a dog should do their research properly and check that they are not accidentally lining the pockets of unscrupulous puppy farmers. Puppy farmers only have profit in mind, they don’t give two hoots about the welfare of the mother and her puppies. The quicker they can sell the puppies on, the quicker they can breed from the mother again
My advice is to make sure you get your dog or puppy from a good source or a reputable breeder. Ask around and check with your vet to see if he/she has any reputable breeders or animal rescue centres in mind. Always ask to see the Mother, and if possible the Father as well, and make sure you check any paperwork thoroughly.
Above all, trust your gut instinct. If you have even the slightest of doubt then walk away and report the breeder to your Local Authority. We have a duty to protect man’s best friend.
Comedienne and TV Presenter Sue Perkins
When I found each of my furry friends I was very conscious of getting them from a place where I knew they had been raised with care, but I was aware that there were many other dogs out there that hadn’t had such a fortunate start in life.
The world of puppy farming is a secretive one and it is often difficult for people to spot a dog that has come from such a place. Ask a local vet for recommendations of breeders or rehoming charities in your area to be really sure you are not putting money in the puppy farmer’s pockets.
TV Presenter Graham Norton
Madge and Bailey, my two dogs, mean everything to me and I can’t imagine life without them. When I got them, Madge from Dogs Trust and Bailey from a reputable breeder, I did plenty of research and was pleased that both Dogs Trust and the breeder also asked many questions about me to ensure that their dogs were going to a loving home.
It is hugely shocking to know that there are hundreds of places advertising puppies for sale purely for profit, some even offering to arrange delivery as if the puppy was part of a weekly shop. Battery farming of dogs is a horrible, horrible practice and I hope that the Dogs Trust campaign will highlight to future dog owners how to avoid fuelling this trade.
TV Presenter Jenni Falconer
My dog, Alfie, is now 2 and he is very much a loved member of our family. However before we found him, we did look around at the pups that were available and we were appalled to discover so many people out to make a fast buck.
It's incredible and shocking to see dog lovers being not only exploited but more importantly it's devastating to learn that on these so-called 'puppy farms', dogs themselves are being bred purely for profit.
Throughout this process, they are starved of affection and not looked after properly.
It breaks my heart that people can be so callous to treat any animal in such a manner and at a time when puppy sales are higher than ever I urge you to be cautious when it comes to buying a dog, particularly when following up on an ad, in a local paper or on online.
We visited the family selling our dog beforehand and they showed us around so we knew they were respectable, looked after the animals and were not out to exploit us.