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The Dog Rescue Federation operates on behalf of voluntary dog rescuers and has one clear objective – to make life tough for backstreet breeders. 

It’s a sad fact that over 50,000* dogs are abandoned by their owners each year in the UK. Some of these dogs will be lovingly cared for and successfully re-homed by voluntary dog rescuers but many others will be destroyed, simply because the ‘system’ is unable cope with their numbers.
This dreadful situation is caused almost entirely by the actions of irresponsible dog breeders whose interest in making money totally outstrips any concern for dog welfare. These people indiscriminately churn out puppies and sell them recklessly, often to people absolutely unsuited to owning a dog.
The Dog Rescue Federation believes that if the nation is to get to grips with the problem of dog abandonment and the needless suffering caused to tens of thousands of innocent dogs each year it must first prevent so-called backstreet breeders from operating with such great ease. That is why our number one objective is to make life tough for backstreet breeders and is also why we will be doing everything we can to make it more difficult for them operate with such terrible consequences.
Our work currently includes:
  •  Lobbying the government to introduce compulsory licensing of all dog breeding – so that  irresponsible breeders will no longer find it easy to operate without being licensed and inspected.
  • Lobbying councils to publish their lists of licensed breeders – making it easier for buyers to avoid purchasing dogs from unlicensed/unregulated breeders.
  • Encouraging councils to include no breeding clauses in tenancy agreements – making it more difficult for irresponsible dog breeding and selling to take place.
  • Developing ‘whistleblower’ schemes to expose the unlicensed breeding and selling of dogs within neighbourhoods.
  • Working with HMRC to track down and punish anyone who breeds and sells dogs for profit without declaring their income from this for tax purposes.
  • Introducing a checklist of questions that buyers can ask breeders before they commit to buying a puppy – asking the right questions should help to identify dodgy breeders who should then be reported to the authorities.