Windsor's Guardians

How Guardian Families Provide a Better Life for Breeder Dogs

  Being a Guardian Family is no easy task – it comes with numerous legal obligations and a broad range of responsibilities. Despite this, the process has become increasingly popular in recent years, as people look for a way to take part in responsible pet ownership while also providing a better life for dogs raised by breeders. In Windsor, Guardian Families are transforming the way dogs are bred and providing a more humane alternative to puppy mills.   

The purpose of a Guardian Family is to provide a loving home environment for a breeder’s dog, while also taking responsibility for the dog’s health and wellbeing. Guardian families are carefully selected by breeders, as they must be willing to sign a legal guardianship contract and take all necessary precautions to keep the animal safe and healthy. A typical agreement involves the breeder providing all necessary medical care, food, and supplies to the dog, while the Guardian Family covers the cost of day-to-day needs such as grooming, walks, and training.   

The benefits for breeder dogs of having a Guardian Family are manifold. Far more humane than the alternative of puppy farms, a Guardian Family provides its pup with love, patient guidance, and individualized attention that keeps the dog physically and mentally healthy. Furthermore, being able to live with a family rather than in a kennel or puppy mill also gives these dogs a much better quality of life compared to one spent in an industrial breeding environment.   

Guardian Families come in all shapes and sizes – from single people to larger households – and all must follow certain criteria to be considered. Guardians must be responsible and committed individuals who are willing to provide the breeders dog with love, exercise, regular medical care, and a safe and nurturing environment. Additionally, Guardian Families understand that the dog must remain the property of the breeder, regardless of how emotionally attached the Guardian Family becomes.   

For potential Guardian Families looking to sign up to Windsor’s guardianship program, there are a few things to consider. First, make sure you fully understand the terms, the conditions, and the consequences of the contract. Second, make sure you are ready for this commitment and obligation, it isn't for everyone. Third, is your family, significant others, or friends even friends supporting this choice? If you couldn't without a doubt say a confident yes, then maybe now isn't the time. 

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