A dog is for life and not just for Christmas is sadly a term that many don’t take on board when considering adding a dog to their family.
Rescues continually hammer home this message during the holiday season, with many rescues stopping adoptions during this period.
Today however Dogs Trust sadly reported that between the 26th December 2018 and 31st January 2019 they received 317 calls and 53 emails from members of public trying to give up their dogs.
That’s 370 people!
With the main reason being given that they no longer had the time to look after their dog anymore.
Sadly Dogs Trust operate at full capacity nearly all of the time, so they are unable to take in dogs that people are looking to surrender. It’s just a simple fact that there are too many dogs needing the help of rescues and while many no kill rescues operate in Ireland to help dogs find new homes, the strain that this puts on them can often be too much financially.
Just this week a box of 8 week old puppies Tayana, Tefi and Timoti and their mum, Tati were dumped outside the Dogs Trust rehoming centre in freezing conditions. The pups were lucky to survive the extreme temperatures however it seems that the mum Tati has a deformity in both her front legs which looks to be genetic – so could affect all of the puppies.
The 3 pups, plus mum, will be looking for their forever homes over the coming weeks, along with many other dogs in the care of Dogs Trust.
Karla Dunne, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust said;