Animal Charity

Paws to consider puppy welfare

Awareness day is a moment of reflection on the state of animal welfare in the UK


Today is National Puppy Day in America, but why should we be left out of the celebrations? We’re a nation of dog lovers and reports[1] cite that in 2019 there were nine million dogs residing in a quarter of all households.

But, the picture isn’t as rosy as the mental image of puppies conjures up. As we approach the introduction of Lucy’s Law in England (April 6th) which will see the introduction of conditions dictating the better welfare of puppies and their mothers, we’re still waiting for the Welsh government to agree to its introduction. Given the high volume of puppy farms in existence in Wales the confirmation of Lucy’s Law becoming law there too will be key to its success.

The puppy trade is also rife across Europe and these animals are not only bred in abhorrent conditions but they are then forced to travel for hours in cramped conditions, often with little or no food or water, all to be delivered to unsuspecting new families. And the story doesn’t end there. Often separated from their mothers too young there are numerous health and wellbeing concerns that come with these horrific early starts to their lives. In response FOUR PAWS created a pioneering system to demand full traceability of all puppies and for them to be microchipped, registered and all the seller’s details verified before they are advertised online.

So this national puppy day let’s speak out for our four-legged friends and if you think you have had dealings with a puppy trader you can report them to us via emailing 

[1] Figures from PFMA:


Animal Charity

Hannah Baker

Head of Communications UK

Hannah heads up the Communications team for FOUR PAWS UK and handles all press and marketing enquiries as well as managing the social media accounts. Having worked in the animal welfare sector for nearly a decade she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of what we can do to help our animal friends at home and further afield.

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