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How do I avoid supporting puppy farms?

Article ID: 325
Last updated: 29 Oct, 2014
Revision: 7
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To avoid supporting puppy farms (also known as puppy mills) you should only ever buy a puppy from a reliable source.

If you're looking for a puppy or dog please check with your local RSPCA or other reputable animal rescue organisation first. There are many wonderful dogs and puppies looking for a good home. But if you can't find the right dog for you, you will need to find a responsible dog breeder.

Follow the RSPCA online Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer's Guide to help you find a responsible breeder or print out the brochure below.

It's very important to visit the puppy in the place where it was born and to meet the mother dog (and father dog too, if he's around) to check they're happy and healthy. This is the only way to be sure the breeding animals and their puppies are well cared for and provided with good living conditions.


This website provides general information which must not be relied upon or regarded as a substitute for specific professional advice, including veterinary advice. We make no warranties that the website is accurate or suitable for a person's unique circumstances and provide the website on the basis that all persons accessing the website responsibly assess the relevance and accuracy of its content.
Attached files
file Smart Puppy Buyers Guide July 2016.pdf (512 kb)
file End Puppy Farming - the Way Forward - RSPCA Discussion Papaer Nov 2010.pdf (176 kb)

Also read
document I'm looking for a new pet, where should I go?
document What is the RSPCA view on pet shops?
document What is a puppy farm?
document Are there laws that require companion animal breeders to meet certain standards of care?
document What is a 'registered breeder'?
document What is a backyard breeder?

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