Dogs Trust announced 370 people wanted to give up their new dog after Christmas. The Finglas re-homing centre received 317 calls and 53 emails between Stephens day until the end of January.
The most used excuse was that they just didn’t have time. Dogs Trust along with many other animal charities are already at full capacity. It is alarming people are still buying dogs on a whim only to reject them when the novelty factor has gone.
Dogs Trust executive director Suzie Carley said: “It is extremely worrying to see an increase in the number of dogs and puppies being surrendered or abandoned after Christmas. We have just marked the 40th anniversary of the phrase ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and sadly this message is as relevant today as first coined all those years ago.”
Please consider fostering an animal first to make sure you can 100% commit to the pets lifetime needs and care. Then adopt. If you do buy from a breeder, please make sure they are reputable first and not from a puppy farm.