Don’t make a dog pay for your mistake
Dogs Trust Manchester is urging people not to buy or give dogs as presents this Christmas – because new statistics show online searches for puppies sky-rocket by 44% in the countdown to the holiday.
After the Christmas joy, things can go sour. Dogs Trust – the UK’s largest dog welfare charity – receives one call every six minutes from people wanting to give up their dog.
In January this year, the charity received 12 calls a day from North West dog owners asking to hand over their dogs.
After analysing online search trends, the charity found that:
Online searches of the phrase “buy a puppy” increased by 44%, from 95,659 to 137,499 a week, before Christmas 2018, compared to the yearly average
Online searches to “get a dog” increased by nearly 27%, from 357,779 to 452,656, two weeks before Christmas, compared to the yearly average
Dawn Bishop, manager of Dogs Trust Manchester, which is in Denton but serves the whole area, said: “It’s very easy to pick a puppy at the click of a button – but dogs don’t come with a gift receipt.
“We take calls all-year-round from people who feel they have no choice but to give up their dog. It can be heart-breaking – even if an owner knows they’re doing the right thing.
“If someone isn’t sure about whether now is the right time to welcome a four-legged friend into their home, we would encourage them to support rescue dogs in other ways, such as becoming a volunteer foster carer or spon- soring one of our beautiful dogs.”
Dogs Trust Manchester cares for around 80 dogs every day of the year. Since opening in October 2014 the centre has found homes for almost 4,500 animals.
Dawn says, “We really hope this Christmas our message A dog is for life, not just for Christmas comes across loud and clear.
“We also want to say thank you all our supporters. It is thanks to the support of the dog-loving public that we can make sure we can give our dogs everything they need until they find their forever family.”
Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/adogisforlife to find out more. To find out more about training classes, go to www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk.
Both six-year-old border terrier Gary (above) and his chum are looking for a good home – but wait until after Christmas to offer one.
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