As we approach the festive season, Dogs Trust asks people to remember its famous slogan, 'A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas' as the staff prepare for an influx of abandoned dogs over the Christmas period.
Unfortunately, the famous Dogs Trust slogan remains as relevant today as it was when it was first coined 38 years ago. Time and again the charity sees a flurry of dogs abandoned over Christmas when the appeal of a cute puppy wears thin.
Adrian Burder, Dogs Trust Chief Executive says:
"There is no denying that we're a nation of animal lovers, but sadly sometimes that love can blind people and they may rush into getting a dog, often without ample research or even rushing into a last minute online purchase. A dog can be such a rewarding addition to any family, but they do come with long-term responsibilities that will have a lasting impact on their new owner's life.
"As always, we are reminding everyone that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, and, if you are thinking about getting a dog in 2017, to consider rehoming a rescue dog."
As well as providing round-the-clock care for new arrivals, the team at our Dogs Trust rehoming centres will be spending their Christmas Day looking after the hundreds of homeless hounds already at the rehoming centres, ensuring they can enjoy the Christmas festivities as much as everybody else.
"Whether its the last Tuesday of the month, Bank Holiday Monday or Christmas Day our dogs still need feeding, walking and cuddling, and the kennels need cleaning! We make it as fun as possible, and we do our best to spoil the dogs as it is their Christmas too. So, from playing Christmas carols around the rehoming centre to decorating the kennels, we try to give everyone, two and four-legged, a jolly good time!
It's not just those working at the rehoming centres that go the extra mile for the dogs, as Adrian continues:
"We are very grateful to supporters up and down the country who send in presents for the dogs, which they are given just before a special Christmas supper. We wouldn't be able to do this without them, and our incredibly dedicated team of staff and volunteers who give up their Christmas Day in order to make it special for the residents at Dogs Trust."
Anyone interested in visiting their local rehoming centre, or rehoming a dog should call 0300 303 0292.
This Christmas, Dogs Trust is encouraging everyone to give their loved ones a gift they won't return, socks! So #GiveSocksNotDogs this Christmas!
Watch Dogs Trust’s Christmas advert below