Throughout lockdown, there has been a surge in people buying puppies in order to keep themselves company. However, pet websites are now filled with dogs for sale, as many want the money back they’ve spent.
Many are the animals that are relisted for sale are aged between six and 12 months old, with many sellers putting the prices up to £3000 depending on the breed.
Now that some people have started going back to the office instead of working from home, sellers are realising that having a pet wasn’t such a good idea with their usual lifestyle.
A seller from Lincoln has put their six-month-old Belgian Shepherd on a pet rehoming website for £1000.
They wrote: “I’ve had this for just shy of two weeks, I love him to absolute pieces thinking I would have time to properly look after him.
“Due to Covid my jobs got a lot busier and I’m struggling to maintain him.
“I’d like him to go to a well caring home where he can be looked after and walked regularly.”
Meanwhile, another seller has put up their 20-week old beagle puppy for £1500. Originally, the puppy had cost £2000 but now the owner has different working hours and has decided having a puppy wasn’t such a good idea.
They wrote: “My beagle pup is now 20 weeks old. She is up to date with jabs etc and have paper work to show. She is also microchipped. I bought this pup for myself and now find myself with different hours at work due to Covid.
“I paid close to £2000 for her but would take £1500 to the right person/family.
“Absolutely gutted as I love her so much but I have to do the right thing.”
The Dogs Trust charity has had over 1,800 calls in the past three months, with people wanting to rehome their dogs who under a year old, The Times has reported.
The large majority of these adverts say that the people can longer afford to take care of the puppies, or have had a “change in circumstances” which means they no longer have the time.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We were worried that many families who found themselves at home with time on their hands during lockdown would make impulse decisions to take on pets and now, just a few months on, would be seeking to rehome their new dogs after realising how much commitment they are, having run into financial difficulties due to the pandemic, or because they’ve returned to work and no longer have time for them.”
Adam Clowes, operations director for the Dogs Trust said: “All that initial lockdown excitement – ‘We are never going to have to go into the office again, let’s get a dog!’ We are now seeing the consequence of that.”
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