Thirty eight years on from the birth of its famous slogan “A dog is for life not just for Christmas®”, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, which has 20 rehoming centres across the UK and one in Ireland, is bracing itself for another busy Christmas.
Not always the most wonderful time of the year
Whilst many dogs across the UK will be enjoying the festivities with their devoted families, sadly this isn’t the case for hundreds of dogs who are abandoned every Christmas. Many pups are discarded soon after being given as presents and older dogs are given up to make way for newer pups; we expect this year to be no different. We urge anyone thinking of getting a dog during this busy period to seriously think about the commitment involved before making your decision.
As well as taking in any abandoned dogs over the Christmas period, the dogs in our care still need feeding, the kennels still need cleaning and the dogs need to be walked and cuddled too. Some of our carers even have to hand feed pups throughout the night over the Christmas period.