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Demand for new pets during lockdown leads to UK puppy shortage

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The UK is experiencing a puppy shortage due to the sharp rise in demand for pooches during the coronavirus lockdown. And new owners are now paying twice as much for pups!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 28/05/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28


When millions of people started working from home after lockdown came into place, many of them decided it was the perfect time to get a pooch.

A surge in demand

Within just a few weeks, demand for new puppies rose by almost 400%. And with puppies in short supply, some people were willing to pay double the regular price.

Bill Lambert is the head of health and welfare at the Kennel Club. He said:

"There is unprecedented demand. Normally I get one or two inquiries a month, but now it's four or five a day."

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also saw a 600% increase in the number of people visiting its foster page.

And while thousands of dogs across the UK have found new homes, animal welfare experts have raised concerns about the rising demand. They're worried about a huge spike in dogs being returned to shelters after lockdown.

A dog isn't just for lockdown

Peter Pritchard is the chief executive of Pets at Home:

"People have had an awful lot more time. I have never seen as many dog walkers in my life." 

But he also had another important message for would-be owners:

"But a dog is for life and not just for lockdown."