Buying a puppy Paws for Thought

Put a stop to illegal puppy farming. Working in partnership to put a stop to illegal puppy farming, welfare concerns and serious organised crime in Northern Ireland.

  • If you are thinking about  getting a dog, #PawsforThought and give it some proper consideration.
    Things to consider: Do you really know where your dog is coming from? Can you be sure that the dog isn’t from an illegal breeder or been stolen
    If you decide to get a dog, consider rehoming an unwanted dog first.
  • If you decide to buy a puppy, make sure to buy it from a reputable /licensed breeder who has made sure the puppy has had a good start in life.
  • Once you have made the decision to buy a puppy, only buy one aged 8 weeks or more and make sure to see the puppy with its mother at its home.
  • Never buy a dog or a pup that is delivered to you.
  • Dogs must be microchipped at 8 weeks old, and dog owners are responsible for contacting the local council and licensing their dog.
  • Dog owners are responsible for keeping the dog under proper control, and for meeting the welfare needs of their dog.

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