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Dogs Trust Open Day 2015

The Dogs Trust in Harefield are having their immensely popular Open Day on 7th June, 10:30am - 4:00pm. Bring yourselves and your dog for a jam-packed day out. Goddard Vet Group will be hosting their sought after “Ask a Vet” sessions, come along and ask our free advice and answers. There will also be an all-day fun Dog Show, Doggy Game Zone, fun agility course, children’s play area with fair rides, games, bouncy castle and face painting, and plenty of food and charity stalls. A great way to support this worthy charity…...

If you have been thinking about adopting a dog, here are some pros and cons to consider:

Breeds: Mixed breed dogs generally have fewer health problems than purebred animals, so adopting from a shelter may mean fewer vet bills down the line. Purebred dogs are often available from shelters too, but as they are popular, may prove hard to adopt. Reputable breeders are very careful with lineage, and try hard to eliminate genetically linked issues like hip dysplasia and some types of blindness by screening their breeding animals. Purebred dogs from a shelter usually have little background information about their risks of inherited diseases.

Puppies: Puppies can be adopted from rescue centres, but are popular and may be harder to find. It can be tricky to predict exactly how large a mixed breed dog of unknown parentage might grow or what they’ll look like! If you have your heart set on a puppy, and are unable to adopt one from a shelter, please continue to avoid internet purchases and fake puppy “rehoming” scams. The internet has made puppy farming a growing reality again, with puppies even being brought in illegally from parts of Europe to meet demand. Apart from supporting a cruel trade, these internet bought puppies are notorious for their poor health. A genuine breeder will be more than happy to have you see the puppy in their home and allow you to see the mum (and sometimes dad too). Whether you adopt your next puppy or go through a breeder, be prepared to wait for a healthy puppy. Good breeders usually have long waiting lists too!

Health: A rescued dog will have been thoroughly vet checked, vaccinated, treated for parasites and neutered if old enough. This increases the chance of your new dog being healthy. Some dogs will have known health issues which can be discussed with you as part of your decision making.

Behaviour: Whilst some people wouldn’t consider a dog that wasn’t adopted, others avoid rescue dogs due to concerns about their behaviour. Most rescue centres perform behavioural evaluations on their dogs and care for them long enough to match dogs safely to suitable homes. Many of the dogs in rescue centres are there due to changes in their previous owner’s finances and living arrangements, not because they themselves had any issues. These dogs are usually no bother- and they are already trained and obedient. Some dogs will have been surrendered due to behavioural issues, and these dogs are usually rehomed very carefully to experienced owners willing to invest significant time in training and care.

Whether you are looking to adopt or not, we hope to see you at the Open Day. It promises to be a lot of fun for the entire family.