The demand for puppies rocketed during lockdown as people were spending much more time at home. The demand for 'lockdown puppies' was so great it even saw the average price for dogs rise to more than £3,000 for certain breeds.
However, as those people working at home during lockdown are now returning to the office, they've realised that the dogs no longer fit with their lifestyle. The Dogs Trust has warned that as many as 40,000 dogs could be abandoned due to COVID-19.
Puppies for sale
As owners try desperately to recoup some of the costs of buying their puppy, pet websites have been flooded with listings of dogs aged six to 12 months for sale. Most sellers admit that they no longer have the time or money to care for their pup. One person trying to sell their six-month Belgian Shepherd has only had the animal for two weeks. Their listing explains that their job has got a lot busier and they don't have the time to look after the dog.
Another seller is hoping someone will spend £1,500 on purchasing their 20-week-old Beagle pup after their working hours changed. The advert says, "I paid close to £2,000 for her but would take £1,500 to the right person/family. Absolutely gutted as I love her so much, but I have to do the right thing."
Instead of selling their pups, some owners are turning to rescue centres for help. In the last three months, The Dogs Trust alone has received more than 1,800 calls from people looking to rehome their dogs.
At the start of lockdown, many animal charities warned against people making impulse decisions to adopt a pet. They were worried that families who found themselves with a lot more time on their hands at home would adopt an animal only to regret it later on. Sadly, it seems that many people didn't follow this advice and soon realised that adopting a pet is a huge time and financial commitment.