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Irish society must ‘look in mirror’ on attitude towards pets, veterinarian says

A veterinarian who has created a website to educate and educate people before owning a puppy, says Irish society “should take a long look in the mirror” in their attitude and approach to finding a new pet.

Tim Kirby is concerned that the new trend of “aesthetic designer dogs” will cause huge behavior problems, which will increase due to the crossing of “totally unsuitable varieties”.

Kerry native, behind award-winning PetBond platform, now calls for more industry regulations

PetBond offers new dog owners the chance to meet a healthy puppy from a licensed breeder, after being guided step by step in their decision.

The site only features puppies from breeders approved by PetBond or registered rescue centers that are at least eight weeks old and in good health and properly socialized.

“New designer breeds include Maltipoos or Shitzipoos and even a ‘Pomsky’ – a cross between a Pomeranian and a Husky, these expensive breeds are already being abandoned due to behavioral issues,” Kirby explained.

“When you think about it, in the case of a Pomsky, you are mixing a small, sedentary indoor dog with a huge, strong outdoor working dog – the cross does not have a meaningful identity as such.

“They can cost huge prices, but they are all fictitious breeds in my mind, often bred by artificial insemination in clinics not regulated by laypersons.

“PetBond does not support such crosses as we believe it adversely affects the health and well-being of the dogs, as well as the species itself in the long term.

“It is a bad reflection of the sectors of our society who buy these dogs purely on the basis of aesthetics and appearance and nothing else,” he added.

I created the website in early 2019 because I repeatedly saw sick and dying puppies coming to me after being bought from classifieds sites.

“The new owners picked up the puppies in a parking lot or at a random address where the breeders were subsequently often unreachable.

“In many cases the puppies were produced from large breeding units as another product, and all were freely advertised on Irish classifieds websites.

“These puppies were sick because they weren’t vaccinated or if it was, it was a DIY job, not by a vet. Or they are taken too early from their mother and in pain because they are not weaned humanely. “

“Antidote” to stress and pressure

According to Kirby, PetBond allows new pet parents to enjoy the entire pet finding process in a “friendly, non-judgmental” manner while also understanding what it takes to own a dog.

PetBond matches the right pet with the right people, he explained.

“We do not allow puppy breeders to use our site, and many reputable breeders who have partnered with us have actually refused to breed puppies during the pandemic because they are caring and loving breeders,” said Mr. Kirby.

“The Covid-19 lockdowns seemed like an extended Christmas in many ways for people acquiring new puppies.

“Adults and children alike were locked in the house for hours, and for many, the perfect antidote to the stress and pressures of such an environment was to add a puppy to the farm.”

“Now you have to think and learn by asking yourself if such a step is really in the best interest of the puppy?

“To this day we still see people who are willing to collect puppies from industrial scale breeders and don’t care what life the puppy has had until then, or even more. important from the mother of the puppies.

“These poor animals are commercial slaves, and public demand keeps up the supply. Irish classifieds websites proudly encourage and support these miserable and unhappy animals.

“Does the public really care? »He concluded.