Puppies bought during the lockdown could be abandoned once the restrictions are lifted, rescuers fear.
Internet searches for “buy a puppy” increased 120% in the first month of coronavirus restrictions, according to the Dogs Trust.
Now, staff at a Carmarthenshire shelter have urged people not to buy a puppy during the lockout.
Many Tears Rescue Center owner Sylvia Vanatta said the new owners may not be able to sign up when they return to work.
“Raising a puppy is hard work, even when we are not locked out, ensuring that it turns out to be socialized and balanced work,” she said.
“You can’t go to the dog training club or even the vet. You will not realize that you have a problem until it is maybe nine months old and then that could be a big problem. “
Jackapoo, one year old, arrived at Many Tears center in Cefneithin four months ago after being nearly killed because his owner was unable to cope.
A Swansea veterinarian contacted the center to tell him that Leo was showing signs of aggression and that his owner was struggling.
Vanatta said Leo is an example of how a dog can get into bad habits by not socializing properly at a young age.
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Like many charities and rescue centers, the center faces the financial cost of restrictions related to coronaviruses.
About one-third of the centre’s 52 employees have been put on leave and, although fundraising events have been canceled, the dogs still need to be fed and bills paid.
But Ms. Vanatta is concerned that the center will struggle to cope as more and more homeowners realize that they cannot sign up when they return to the office.
Although potential owners are currently unable to visit the center to choose a new pet, they are put in touch online, with their homes virtually controlled by staff.
Karen Jones of Penclawdd adopted Archie after a successful inspection of the virtual house and a check to make sure her house suited the Cavachon.
Jones, who has already adopted from the center, said “it meant everything to be able to do it.”
“If it weren’t for centers like this, I hate to think about what would happen to these dogs,” she said.
“They deserve a happy life full of love. “
Prices for some pedigree breeds have gone up online during the foreclosure, which the shelter says may be a sign that this may not be the best time to enter.
A quick online search on local sites showed a cocker spaniel puppy on sale for £ 2,200 – about double its normal price.
One of the UK’s largest wellness organizations, the Dogs Trust, has changed its 30-year-old slogan “a dog is not just for Christmas”, in an effort to get people to think about twice before getting a pet while locking.
Angela Wetherall, head of relocation in her Bridgend center, said it was vital that people thought carefully about the engagement involved.
“A dog is for life, and in this case, not just for locking, so we want people to really think about the long-term commitments to have a dog,” she said.
“We are really worried about seeing a spike like we do at Christmas from people who want to give up their dogs when reality sets in. So it is very important that people think longer term. “
The charity has published a checklist for people who are considering getting a puppy.
This includes: giving up on lies; spending more time at home (after lockout) or paying for a dog sitter or walker; walk in snow, rain and gales; pay food, insurance and veterinarian bills; and pick up after your pet.
But if you’ve already made the commitment during the lockdown, Ms. Vanatta has these tips: “Just make sure when things are finished, you will be there for that puppy.” “