The Pet Industry Association of Australia states 450,000 puppies are sold each year in Australia and only 15% of them are from registered breeders (Animals Australia 2017). Unfortunately, a large percentage of other dogs may come from puppy farms.
A puppy farm is “an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs” (RSPCA 2019). The operators often sell the dogs online using fake photos and will often not let you see the facility or the parents. Dogs from puppy farms are known to have both medical and behavioural issues and are provided with inadequate veterinary care (RSPCA 2019).
What are my other options?
- Registered Breeders
All registered breeders should have a registration number and be comfortable with providing that number to you. Registered breeders should be health testing the parents and puppies for diseases that the breed is prone to and should not be breeding from any animals that fail those tests. All their animals should also have pedigree papers.
Did you know that a person is 33% less likely to reclaim a lost cat than a dog? (RSPCA 2018-2019 statistics, RSPCA 2020). Did you know 61% of cats are rehomed vs 38% of dogs? (RSPCA 2020) Unfortunately, in the end, 23% of Cats and 13% of dogs are euthanised (RSPCA 2020).
With adoption, you get to save a life and every life matters. Adoption also means the shelter has room for more pets in need and has more funds to save other animals. It is often cheaper to adopt and all rescue animals come microchipped, desexed, vaccinated and prevented against worms and fleas. If you prefer a specific breed, then adopting through breed-specific rescues can be a good option.
One of the best reasons for adopting is that you do not risk purchasing from a puppy farm or backyard breeder; making sure you do not accidentally support the puppy farming industry.
All photos used are a handful of our nurses adopted furry friends; Jagger (Top Picture), Ziek and Alby (Middle Picture) and Lola (Bottom Photo).
Animals Australia, 2017, “Puppy Factories”, https://www.animalsaustralia.org/
features/puppy-factory -problem.php (12/7/20).
RSPCA, 2019, “What is a puppy farm?”, https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-is-a-puppy-farm/ (12/7/20).RSPCA, 2020,
“RSPCA National Statistics 2018-2019”, https://www.rspca.org.au/sites/default/files/RSPCA%20Australia%20Annual%20Statistics%20final%202018-2019.pdf (12/7/20).