We are sure many of you would have seen the Panorama documentary about Dogs, Dealers and Organised Crime that was aired by the BBC on the 23rd of January.
If you didn’t catch it, you can watch the episode here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001hjbw
This was a big eye opener for us and we already work within animal welfare, so we are glad this was aired to show everyone the problems involving dog breeding and animal welfare right now.
In 2021, 69,000 Bulldog type puppies were registered for sale in the UK – that’s just one specific breed of dog, not to mention thousands more of different breeds.
Many dogs are being bred as part of a money making scheme, not thinking about the welfare or health of these animals. Which may result in them being unwanted, abandoned and left on the streets to fend for themselves or even being euthanised before they even have the chance at a good life!
We understand not everyone breeds dogs with exaggerated features for sale purposes but breeding in general is causing great strain on rescues and animal welfare in general.
We have seen an increase in unwanted dogs each year, based on the ones that solely arrive at Rain Rescue.
In 2021, we rescued 66 dogs
In 2022, we rescued 84 dogs
And this year alone, up to the 24th of January, we have already rescued 11 dogs
If we continue taking in around 11 dogs each month until the end of 2023, we will be rescuing around 132 dogs… This is double the amount in 2021!
With more unwanted animals than ever before, especially with the current cost of living crisis, comes more cost and strain on animal welfare and rescues like us. Each animal brought through our gates requires veterinary attention, food, shelter, time and care.
If we can do only one thing this year, we would ask, please stop breeding animals, and adopt unwanted vulnerable animals instead. We try not to turn anyone away and it breaks our hearts knowing how many we have on our list still waiting to come in, but we are simply full to capacity and cannot do anymore than we already do!
If you are in a position to help us, we would be forever grateful! Your support means we can continue helping as many animals possible that need rehoming through no fault of their own