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Published October 31st 2011
Not intending to start this review of puppies available for sale in Melbourne on a heavy note; however politics aside progress has been made thanks to Oscar's Law towards the banning of illegal puppy farms which ultimately affects the wellbeing of these pets despite being fortunate of making it into a great home. Many positive comments landed into yesterday's Herald Sun on this hot topic in Victoria right now. This is why it is highly recommended that puppies are not to be purchased directly from pet stores and from online sellers including Gumtree and the Trading Post; as chances are these puppies were brought up in inhumane and cruel illegal puppy breeding farms in cramped spaces.
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If you intend to buy a puppy from a credible pet store; you will need to do your due diligence and check whether or not the particular puppy for sale was from an illegal puppy farm or not, or if it was purchased from a credible breeder; then the latter is okay. And also if the pet shop does not have the puppies available for sale at the shop window, then that is usually okay as well.
The best option would be to pay to adopt a puppy from either Pets Haven who also are available at the Royal Melbourne Show to ask questions and to adopt a puppy directly. Or other adoption sources include the Victorian Dog Rescue and for around $400 you get to take home an adopted puppy instead of one purchased directly from a mass produced puppy farm. This fee includes vet bills to ensure your new best friend has been vaccinated and so on.
Also your local vet would be good to approach to see if there are any unwanted puppies for sale as well. Build a relationship with them if need be.
Finally, as you know this would make a lot of sense. The cost of your new puppy depends on the breed of the dog. A great resource called Selectapet helps you choose the right puppy breed for your lifestyle. A few simple questions are asked, and then a list of suitable breeds comes up with a chance to research more about them. As you are aware it is important to do your due diligence and research on all counts because your going to have a friend for life, and as you know: bringing a new pup into the family is a massive commitment which should not be taken lightly. Best of luck in finding the right puppy for your lifestyle.
Not every one who sells pups in the trading post or gum tree have illegal cramped places
We have a 200 acre farm and our Maltese had pups and they are looked after first class
Not every one runs a puppy farm
By Anonymous Wednesday, 16th of November @ 10:56 am
Fantastic. It is great to know that there are sellers out there who do not breed puppies in illegal puppy farms. This is a question that buyers need to check out for themselves, and Oscar's Law has made people more aware of this fact. All the best.
By Justine Crowley - senior reviewer Wednesday, 16th of November @ 07:16 pm