In the space of just 24 hours, three young puppies were handed over to us – Phoenix (12-week-old Jack Russell Pomeranian cross), Peaches (12-week-old Cockapoo) and Rio (eight-week-old Golden Retriever). All three of these puppies were bought by owners whose circumstances changed after purchasing the pup or who hadn’t realised how much work was involved.
Although having a new furry addition to your house can be an exciting and happy time, puppies also bring hard work that many new owners aren’t prepared for. Alongside the toilet training, puppies can be destructive, whine and cry, and don’t settle when you want them too. If you’re not prepared to deal with these common problems, bringing a puppy home can quickly become too much to handle.
Earlier this month it was announced that the government would ban third party puppy and kitten sales. This ban will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation’s many animal rehoming centres. We hope that this ban will mean fewer puppies will be sold without the proper care and attention needed, and end up abandoned at rehoming centres like Mayhew.
We are proud to be a non-judgemental organisation and are always available to help anyone who is struggling. Instead of trying to sell their puppies online, the owners of Phoenix, Peaches and Rio sensibly brought their pups to Mayhew. We are now able to ensure that they are rehomed to the right families.
Our kennels team will be dedicating a lot of time to the care of these three puppies including training, socialisation, playtime and grooming. We will also give them a thorough behaviour assessment to get a good understanding of their personalities and training requirements. . These puppies will need a lot of professional care, puppy food and TLC, but Mayhew receives no government funding. It costs Mayhew an average of £75 a day to care for a puppy like Phoenix, Peaches and Rio.
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