There will be litters of puppies and kittens which are ready to be rehomed. Whilst we want people to adopt rather than shop, it is important breeders and buyers follow health and safety guidelines.
We would urge people to minimise rehoming and adoption throughout the pandemic, but appreciate the need to get puppies and kittens to new homes. When rehoming, the breeder should take the pup or kitten to the buyer’s home and observe social distancing throughout the visit, which should be kept as brief as possible.
Any animal should be at least eight weeks old and the buyer should be able to view them with the mother and litter mates electronically.
Alternatively, a commercial transporter licensed for dogs may be used. Only puppies or kittens from a single litter going to the same household should be taken in each journey so that personal hygiene for the breeder or transporter can be maintained. The person moving the puppy or kitten must ensure it has comfortable and appropriate accommodation for the journey, including bedding. It may be necessary to stop and provide water during the journey too.
During the visit, gloves should be worn and discarded immediately afterwards. Wipe the puppy or kitten over with a pet-safe disposable cloth prior to handover and no equipment, such as beds or collars, should be handed over with the animal.
Doors and gates should only be opened and closed by householder. Time in the property should be kept to the absolute minimum. Paperwork and other checks and documentation should be completed ahead of meeting as far as possible.
Prior to dropping off the puppy or kitten, the purchaser should be given advice on immediate care of them. This should cover what food to purchase and how to help their new pet to settle in their new home.