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Dogs 4 Us is the largest pet supermarket in the UK still selling puppies, with sites in Manchester and Leeds.

Although the sale of puppies by pet shops remained legal for many years, many organisations, groups and individuals believed this is a completely inappropriate way for anyone to buy a pet. Reputable dog breeders do not sell puppies to third party retailers, so most puppies on sale in pet shops are supplied by large scale commercial multiple breed operations, often referred to as 'puppy farms', which have little concern for the health or welfare of their breeding stock or its offspring.

In September 2014 a debate was held in the House of Commons following presentation of an e-petition with over 100,000 signatures calling for a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens from retail centres such as pet shops. The call for a ban was supported by such august bodies as Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, Dogs Advisory Council. the RSPCA, Dog Rescue Federation and The Kennel Club among many others.

High profile interventions continued to gather pace with more focus on Parliamentary committee investigations and media reports, including programmes by Channel Five News, Sky News and BBC's Panorama, aired in May 2016, about the puppy farm trade, and featuring suppliers of puppies to Dogs 4 Us.

The momentum for change increased in November 2016 with the publication of a report by Parliament's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the welfare of domestic pets in England. Among its many conclusions they recommended a total ban on the sale of dogs by third parties and Defra undertook a public consultation. 

In October 2018 new legislation banning the sale of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks old by licenced sellers came into effect. Then in December 2018, Defra announced that following the public consultation, with 95% of the public in favour of a total ban, new rules banning all sales by third parties of puppies and kittens under 6 months old will be introduced in 2019.

And with dog rescues and shelters across the country dealing with an ever increasing number of dogs in need of new homes, adopting is always an option that should be considered.

For many years protests have been organised at the premises of Dogs 4 Us to try to raise public awareness of the puppy farm trade and the part that shops like theirs play in perpetuating that trade. A number of groups have taken part in these protests and undertaken other activities to raise the profile of the issue. A growing band of politicians representing both parliament and local government have also added their voices to the criticism of these practices.

The response of Dogs 4 Us in January 2012 was to create a counter campaign based around a so called 'blog'. Collectively, anyone critical of the ethics and practices of the business and its owner Raymond McCadden, who left at least £1.96 million owing to HMRC and other creditors when seven of his previous companies went into liquidation, are labelled "The Crazy Gang".

Their aim has been to pick on specific individuals and groups and attempt to discredit them with ridicule, distortions of the truth or just plain lies. In some cases pictures of individuals and peoples' homes have been published on Love Your Puppy in a further attempt to intimidate them.


Protest organised by campaign group Boycott Dogs4Us 11 June 2016


Since there is no right of reply in their pages, this site was created in June 2012 to allow those targeted and their supporters to speak out about the activities of Dogs 4 Us or what has been published by them.