A mother.

Again… and again… and again… and again.

Forced to have multiple litters by unlicensed breeders and abandoned when no longer of use.

 

Help end backstreet breeding

A mother.

Again… and again… and again… and again.

Forced to have multiple litters by unlicensed breeders and abandoned when no longer of use.   Find out more

A mother.

Again… and again… and again… and again.

Forced to have multiple litters by unlicensed breeders and abandoned when no longer of use.

Supporters of the campaign

21442

MPs supporting our campaign

65
#MotherAgain

What is backstreet breeding?

Every year, countless defenceless dogs are forced to repeatedly produce litters of puppies by unlicensed breeders and sold for easy money. They are mothers again and again before being callously abandoned, having served their purpose to make a profit.

 

Their litters are sold to owners who are often unaware of their origin before it’s too late, or dumped when they fail to sell. Such overbreeding can cause countless health defects and temperament problems.

 

These unwanted or abandoned dogs frequently arrive at Battersea’s gates bearing the physical and mental scars of their troubled pasts.

 

This must stop.

 

Click here for more information on backstreet breeding.

Every year, countless defenceless dogs are forced to repeatedly produce litters of puppies by unlicensed breeders and sold for easy money. They are mothers again and again before being callously abandoned, having served their purpose to make a profit.   Read more

Meet the Dogs

Marjorie

Marjorie the Bulldog was rescued from the streets of London as a stray late in 2014. Her body sagged under the weight of her woes and showed all of the signs of overbreeding, including severely stretched teats.

Poor Marjorie also suffered from mange which had seemingly gone untreated, meaning her white fur was itchy and full of sore, red scabs.

This worried girl didn’t understand what it meant to be a dog - even the most simple of dog toys caused her anxiety. Whilst the physical and mental scars of backstreet breeding may never heal, Marjorie is now settling into her new loving home and getting used to the normal life she deserves.
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    Barbara

    Barbara’s story shows the heart-breaking impact that backstreet breeding can have. Found as a stray and showing clear signs of overbreeding, she was vulnerable and alone.

    With painfully swollen teats, it was obvious that Barbara had been used constantly for breeding litters of puppies. She was a mother, again and again. This beautiful girl had a tough start in life but because of legal reasons our team had to make the heart-breaking decision to put her to sleep.
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      Pippa

      Pippa is a beautiful girl but looks can be deceiving. Her distorted facial features and unusually long neck are all signs that point to her being a result of backstreet breeding.

      This sweet four-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel has an endless list of ailments, which meant her owners could no longer afford to keep her, so she arrived at Battersea through no fault of her own in search of a new home.

      Pippa spent 52 days in our care, until she was spotted by a loving new family and was given a second chance at happiness.
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        Polly

        At only two-years-old, Polly was found abandoned in a park on a cold November day, showing all the signs of being repeatedly used for breeding.


        Our expert team believed that this beautiful Shar-Pei had been dumped after serving her purpose – to generate profit for a backstreet breeder. Her traumatic past had damaged her trust in people and the world around her.

        Thankfully for Polly, she was rescued and cared for by our London team. After 38 days she finally found her happy ending with a new, loving family.
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          Boo

          When Boo’s owner died, this sweet Staffie found herself on Battersea’s doorstep. The gentle-natured and trusting girl was also showing signs of excessive breeding.


          Sad and lonely Boo was in a bad way, covered in flea bites and battling a skin infection.

          After spending time at Battersea and getting back on her paws with the help of our caring staff, Boo became much more confident and comfortable. She has found a new beginning in Kent with a family who will give her the love and care she deserves.
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            With your help, we can put an end to backstreet breeding.

            Support Battersea’s campaign by emailing your MP to get this issue on the political agenda by campaigning for:

            • A ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks’ old
            • The introduction of a required breeding licence for any household producing two or more litters per year.

            Supporters of the campaign

            21442

            MPs supporting our campaign

            65

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