Answer: much more expensive than you might think…
This was certainly the case for animal-lover and experienced dog owner Sarah, when a friend called upon her for help.
The friend had just purchased a Teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppy - advertised on the internet - and unfortunately realised three days later that her family simply wasn’t prepared for the addition of a dog, so she asked Sarah to take the puppy in.
An owner’s heartache, a breeder’s profit, and a puppy’s fight to live.
One of the most frightening things about puppy farming is that it is an organised crime. The unscrupulous breeders running these farms are master manipulators and therefore it isn’t always easy to spot one.
By now, most of us know that it is important to visit the puppies at the breeder’s home, to ask to see the pup’s mum and littermates, and to check that both parents have been health screened for hereditary conditions relevant to their breed.
This week is Remember A Charity Week, and the NAWT is working hard to bust the myth that only extremely wealthy people can leave a charity like us, a gift in their Will.
The legacies we receive at NAWT can vary in size and a gift of any amount can help a homeless rescue animal in need of some TLC or vet help.
Meet the animals we have met over the last year whose lives were changed thanks to gifts in Wills.
Mavis the cat
Mavis arrived as into our care as a stray. After being found, she was handed into a nearby vets who contacted us.
What will a gift in your Will actually do to help the NAWT? Put simply, our charity couldn’t survive without them.
Gifts in Wills make up 68 per cent of our income. It costs £3.5million per year to keep our charity running and last year our income, including gifts left to us in Wills, amounted to £3.5million.
It is clear to see how much we rely on legacies to continue our work helping homeless and abandoned animals find their second chance in life.
When our staff arrive at work, the last thing they want to be greeted by is an abandoned animal.
Sadly that’s what happened earlier this year, when live-in member of staff Laura Randall was told by a member of the public that a Border Collie was tied to their fence in Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes.
She explains: “Chaos the Collie was found terrified and shaking, she was cold and confused and it was a heart-breaking start to the day.