Dragons Den star Paphitis praises puppy expert Llanfyllin

A Llanfyllin-based dog and puppy welfare campaigner has received recognition from Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis.

Rebecca Walters runs Pupstart Breeders, a company that provides educational training to the Powys dog breeding community.

The company has been recognized by Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday social media competition, with the Dragon’s Den star picking Pupstart Breeders as one of the September winners.

Of her company’s recognition, Rebecca said, “Winning this award means our dedication to building a strong community and helping dog breeders to breed ethically and responsibly has been recognized.

“It means more people will know how important it is to find an ethical breeder if they want to welcome a puppy into their lives and it’s a step towards eradicating puppy breeders.

“Writing, developing and gaining accreditation for the UK’s first recognized educational pathway for breeders took courage, but the difference we are making for dogs and puppies is well worth it.

“Having Theo crown us one of his SBS winners validates our hard work and inspires us to keep fighting to improve the welfare of dogs and puppies.”

A former animal welfare watchdog unhappy with the treatment of unwanted dogs, Rebecca set out to change the profession of dog keeping in Britain.

Since starting the business in 2020, Pupstart Breeders has helped breeders raise approximately 8,000 healthy puppies.

An initiative that dates back to 2010, Small Business Sunday was set up to recognize local businesses across Britain and has provided a platform for over 3,000 businesses.

Mr Paphitis said: “We are delighted to welcome new SBS members every week and to highlight how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.

“My vision is for everyone who has ever earned an SBS re-tweet from me to become members of a friendly club, like-minded people who can share their successes and learnings.

“The website will also give a valuable profile to the chosen winners and I wish Rebecca and Pupstarts Breeders every success.”

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