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Lend a Paw to Help Abandoned Puppy Farm Dogs

Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was born into a Welsh puppy farm in 2008. She was repeatedly bred to produce numerous litters, who were taken from her shortly after birth, transported across the UK, and sold by third party dealers such as pet shops to unsuspecting animal-lovers. Fortunately, in 2013, Lisa Garner adopted and rehabilitated Lucy, changing both their lives, and ultimately history, forever.

6 April 2020 marks a sea change in animal welfare, as Lucy’s Law will come into effect in England. This monumental piece of legislation will require kittens and puppies to be born, reared and sold in a safe environment, and seen interacting with their mother. Lucy’s Law makes all breeders accountable, the whole puppy and kitten buying process transparent, and is the first major step in ending the abhorrent ‘puppy farm’ trade,

The outlawing of third party dealers means prospective owners will now, rightly, only be able to buy direct from the breeder, or adopt from a rescue centre. However, as a result of the incoming Lucy’s Law, breeding dogs from puppy farms are now being abandoned into rescue, many of them requiring life-saving medical and surgical treatments, as well as eventually adoption.

Rescue centres such as Friends of Animals Wales, of which I am a proud ambassador, are taking in these innocent, often broken and shut-down animals. After rescue and rehabilitation, Eileen Jones and her incredible team of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to rehome these dogs and other animals.

Understandably, Friends of Animals Wales are in urgent need of financial support. Running a rescue centre is a costly business at the best of times, with veterinary bills, vehicle costs, and food, among other things. It’s no surprise that dedicated rescue centres like Friends of Animals Wales, that take in dogs with a plethora of health complications caused by cruel puppy farm practices, are under huge financial strain.

The situation has not been helped by the outbreak of coronavirus, as Friends of Animals Wales’ essential fundraising events, fun dog shows, and gatherings have now all had to be cancelled, as well as their charity shops shut indefinitely.

While £8,000 will cover a month’s worth of costs for Friends of Animals Wales, £25,000 would clear all outstanding vet bills. So, while we have set an initial target we are hoping to surpass it!

This is why, at the start of National Pet Month 2020, I am appealing to all animal-lovers. Please consider donating what you can to support the work of Friends of Animals Wales and help keep this essential charity afloat. Even as little as £5 will make a huge difference. It is with your support that Friends of Animals Wales’ can start to give these discarded breeding dogs and puppies the freedom and lives they truly deserve.

Thank you so much.


Marc Abraham BVM&S MRCVS


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