ADOPT DON’T SHOP
Sadly, every single year people think it’s a great idea to surprise their loved ones with a brand new puppy. Also, every single year, many of those very same puppies get abandoned because their new owners simply weren’t prepared to have a pet, or they don’t have the means to care for them properly.
A dog is a huge responsibility that should never be undertaken lightly. Giving one as a surprise gift can often have unintended consequences.
Meet Ronnie. When he was just 8-weeks-old, he was purchased online and given as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately, just days later, he was left at Battersea Dogs and Cats Rescue in London, England.
THE OWNER COULDN’T AFFORD TO KEEP RONNIE
Ronnie’s new owner recently became homeless and simply couldn’t afford to keep their new puppy. Which is one of those consequences one should consider well before purchasing a new pet.
Now, that sweet little pupper is currently held at a shelter to receive his vaccinations, undergo medical exams, and get a microchip. They have no doubt that once he is ready, Ronnie will have no problem finding a new forever home.
“He’s so affectionate, even with new people, and loves a cuddle and a fuss. He also loves playing with toys and running around the kitchen. He’s such a sweet boy,” Battersea staffer Alice Holt told Daily Mail UK.
RONNIE IS NOT ALONE
Steven Craddock, the owner of the shelter, was saddened that Ronnie was left behind, but not surprised.
“It doesn’t shock any of us that the first dog through our doors in 2018 was bought online,” Craddock said. “Ronnie is just one of many thousands of dogs who will be bought off an unregulated website in the coming months and end up in a home where the owner is unprepared and unable to take proper care of them.”
TAKEN TOO SOON
The staff at Battersea think that Ronnie was taken from his mom too soon and sold to a breeder with nothing on their mind except profit. Luckily, Ronnie seems to be unscathed, but many are not. Craddock says this is exactly the reason to think it through before purchasing a dog, whether it be a gift or any other reason.
A pet is a new family member and should be planned for just as rigorously.
The staff also encourages everyone to consider adopting their new dog instead of supporting breeders whose main concern is profit and not necessarily the health of the animal.
In the meantime, don’t worry about Ronnie. With a face like that it won’t be hard at all to find his forever home.