Dogs 4 Us was 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 would be introduced. They came into effect in April 2020.

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.

Dogs 4 Us rubbishes rescue dogs

Following the recommendation by MPs that the sale of dogs by pet shops and other third party sellers should be banned, Daily Mirror journalist Andrew Penman contacted Dogs 4 Us for comment, since they are the largest puppy warehouse in the UK.

Predictably, the spokesman for Dogs 4 Us, who declined to give his name, felt that "people should be able to buy dogs from wherever they want to".

When Penman posed a question about whether it may be better to get your new pet from a rescue centre, the anonymous Dogs 4 Us spokesman made the following outrageous statement:

"I would never encourage someone to buy a dog from a rescue centre, I speak 
from personal experience."

"A lot of people harp on about saving dogs from rescue centres, most dogs in rescue centres are there because of a reason, they've got a history, about 50% of dogs bought from rescue centres are returned within days because there's a problem. 60% of rescue dogs are not suitable for young families."

As everyone who has ever been involved with reputable rescues knows, all dogs are neutered, chipped and assessed for temperament before re-homing. Prospective adopters are screened and home checked to ensure they are suitable owners and that there is a good match between them and the hoped for new member of their family.

Ira Moss of the London based rescue and re-homing charity All Dogs Matter pointed out to Penman "the average return for a rescue dog is only 1%".

Of course at Dogs 4 Us, the only check on potential new owners is whether they have the means to pay the asking price for the puppy on sale.

You can read the full Daily Mirror article here.