By Annabel Rackham
Newsbeat reporter

Publishedduration27 AprilRelated Topics

  • Coronavirus pandemic

image copyrightSarah Burneyimage captionWho wouldn't want a dog?

As the saying almost goes: A dog is for life, not just for coronavirus.

That's the message coming from The Kennel Club, one of the UK's biggest dog welfare organisations.

It's warning people the lockdown is not a time for impulse buying animals without considering their future.

The organisation says searches for puppies on their website doubled between February and March as the restrictions were announced.

Charities including Battersea Dogs Home and the RSPCA have also told Radio 1 Newsbeat they don't want people to rush into getting new pets right now.

There's a worry animals will be abandoned once life goes back to normal and people no longer spend so much time at home.