Rescue pets in Chesterfield that need your love - so adopt rather than buy
Animal rescue charities are appealing for people to adopt pets rather than buy them.
Steph McCawley, supporter engagement officer at RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch, said: “There are hundreds and hundreds of unwanted dogs all over the UK, especially in our area, that have been mistreated or abused or just neglected.
“In some cases by buying a puppy or dog online through an advertisement you don’t know if you’re supporting illegal puppy farms and you could be putting yourself into a position where you get a really poorly puppy.
"We just advise people to follow the puppy contract of the RSPCA, that if you want to buy you do it through a reputable breeder and that you follow a good checklist.
"Why would you buy an animal when there are plenty that are desperate for a second home and for love?”
James Keeble, trustee of Chesterfield Animal Rescue, said: “Adoption saves lives, not just the one you adopt, but the ones that come after too. Hundreds, if not thousands, of animals lose their lives due to being unwanted every year, something we are trying very hard to stop for good. Without adoptions, less animals can be helped. It is vital to prevent suffering and promote animal welfare.”