Hundreds Of Puppies Bought During COVID-19 Pandmeic Lockdown Are Now Being Rehomed
On 4th January 2021
During the pandemic lockdown, people rushed to buy dogs to keep them company, and now after that lockdown restrictions eased people are realizing that they are no longer able to support the lifestyles or manage their timetables with the dogs and are posting adverts for selling the dogs.
The covid-19 pandemic lockdown came as a surprise for the world with the world left in panic and confusion. In the midst of this panic, many people rushed to pet stores and online websites to buy dogs to keep them company in these distressing times.
However, now websites are filled with people trying to sell back the animals with many trying to get the money they already in the dogs.
Most of these animals are just puppies and listed are between six and 12 months old, with prices more than $4000 for some breeds.
Many of the sellers realize that they are unable to support the lifestyle and also not able to manage time as they are now required to report back at workplaces after brief work from the home period.
A person from Lincoln is selling a six-month-old Belgian Shepherd for $1355 on a pet rehoming website.
They wrote: "I've had this for just shy of two weeks, I love him to absolute pieces thinking I would have time to properly look after him.
"Due to Covid my jobs got a lot busier [sic] and I'm struggling to maintain him.
"I'd like him to go to a well caring home where he can be looked after and walked regularly."
Another posted an ad selling their dog for $2000 having bought her for almost $2700 during the lockdown. Now selling for the difference in time due to hectic work hours.
They wrote: "My beagle pup is now 20 weeks old. She is up to date with jabs etc and have paper work to show. She is also microchipped. I bought this pup for myself and now find myself with different hours at work due to Covid."
"I paid close to £2000 for her but would take £1500 to the right person/family.
"Absolutely gutted as I love her so much but I have to do the right thing."
Another person posted an advert for an eight-month-old Male Alapaha Blue Bulldog for $1356.
The advert reads: "He hasn't been snipped. He is such a beautiful big boy, we just don't have the time for him. We will be sad to see him go, ONLY TO A GOOD FITTING HOME!"
In a report by The Times, The Dogs Trust charity has received multiple calls asking for rehoming their dogs. They had more than 1800 calls in the past month. On 27 and 27 December, they had 114 calls come through the trust, with 19 puppies aged under nine months old.
Most of the adverts claim that they are unable to manage time or the lifestyle of their dogs.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: "We were worried that many families who found themselves at home with time on their hands during lockdown would make impulse decisions to take on pets and now, just a few months on, would be seeking to rehome their new dogs after realising how much commitment they are, having run into financial difficulties due to the pandemic, or because they've returned to work and no longer have time for them."
Adam Clowes, operations director for the Dogs Trust said: "All that initial lockdown excitement - 'We are never going to have to go into the office again, let's get a dog!' We are now seeing the consequence of that."