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Dogs Trust ‘press paws’ on adoptions over Christmas 16.12.19

DOGS Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, has today announced that they will suspend the rehoming of dogs over the festive period to prevent people rushing out to get a dog for Christmas. Christmas is not a good time to take on a new dog, especially a puppy. It is critical that dogs are provided with basic training and positive socialisation experiences in those first few months to set them up for the best start in life. Many people, often with the very best intentions, are simply unable to provide this at a busy time like Christmas.
 ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas®’
In addition, Dogs Trust will be pawsing their weekly Puppy Cam so viewers will have to wait until the new year to set eyes on the charity’s adorable puppies.
Dogs Trust has received 2,135 calls and emails from members of the public this year looking to surrender their dog, with 667 of those in the first three months of the year. January continues to have the highest number of surrender requests each year, with 189 calls and a further 47 emails in 2019. The top reason given for people looking to give up their dog was that they didn’t have enough time to look after them anymore.
Speaking about the announcement, Executive Director at Dogs Trust, Becky Bristow said: “Dogs Trust coined the phrase ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas®’ over 40 years ago, and sadly it is still as relevant today as it was then. Each year we are saddened and worried by the number of people looking to relinquish their dog, especially in the first few months after Christmas. It’s no surprise that January continues to have the highest number of surrender requests and reinforces our need to go out with our message every year. We hope that by spreading this message that it will remind people that a dog is a long-term commitment and will encourage people to wait and consider adding a dog to their family in the New Year instead, when the festivities have died down. We would encourage those who have made the decision to get a dog in the New Year, to consider adopting from your local rescue centre, local pound or Dogs Trust and give a rescue dog the best second chance in life.”
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