Demand for dogs has increased significantly during the corona crisis. People yearn for company and want to go outside in good weather. Taking a dog now seems logical. After the animal shelters previously indicated that considerably more people want to adopt a dog, the Raad van Beheer has also seen a sharp increase in visits to its website in recent weeks.
Rony Doedijns, director of the Raad van Beheer: "The demand for puppies is enormous and clearly much more than normal during this period. While with the responsible and careful breeder we notice that there is more reluctance to breed a litter. So there is extra demand and from our less supply of carefully bred and socialized puppies. "People are looking more for puppies and more often click through to the dog breed of their choice. Breed clubs have information points for puppies working overtime. Some breeders are called flat.
Dog Protection calls on people to think extra carefully about the choice at this time. A dog not only brings a lot, it also asks (and earns!) A lot. That is why the organization offers various options to help people make the right choice. A choice that is in the interest of both the animal and the potential dog owner himself. Choose with your mind, not your heart, is their motto. And if you have thought carefully, choose responsibly and find a responsible breeder, who does not always have a puppy "in stock". Be wary of addresses where you can always go for a puppy. And according to the Dog Protection you can always choose a replacement dog.
And after the crisis ...
The organizations also warn that there is also a life after the crisis. Now everyone is still at home a lot, but what if we are immediately back to work, to school, study or sports? Is there still enough time for the dog? Choosing a dog now can be a good idea, but not only choose with your heart, but also choose with your head. Prevent the purchase of a puppy from becoming a disappointment, with all consequences for humans and animals.
Source: Raadar April 2020 lovevanhonden.nl