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A shocking 2,000 people have already given up their dogs for rehoming this year

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Anyone thinking of adopting a dog for Christmas should think about sponsoring instead after one dog charity has already taken in thousands of unwanted canines this year.

By Zoe Monk , 11 Nov 2019

As animal welfare charity the Dogs Trust launches its Christmas campaign, it revealed that so far this year a staggering 1,900 people in the UK have given up their dogs to the charity.


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A dog is for life

In its latest TV ad, the Dogs Trust urges people to remember its famous slogan, ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ if they are considering adopting a dog during the festive period. The charity recommends that people consider sponsoring a dog instead.


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Following one particular Christmas time a couple of years ago, the Dogs Trust revealed that they received an incredible 3,596 calls, one call every five minutes, from people wanting to give up their dogs.

Reasons people surrender their dogs

While many people don’t have enough time to care for their dog anymore, other people have more shocking reasons that they no longer want the pet, as the Dogs Trust revealed:

  • "I won a free holiday and I couldn’t take my dogs with me"
  • "I’m a vegetarian but he always wanted to eat meat"
  • "I got him as a secret Santa present"
  • "She was too friendly and wanted to greet every dog and human we met on a walk"
  • "He was panting too much"
  • "He didn’t like it when we played dress up"
  • "She sleeps in her own bed all night – I thought she would want to sleep in my bed"

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Becky Bristow, executive director at the Dogs Trust, said: “It is vital that people undertake as much research as possible to ensure they obtain a healthy, responsibly bred dog and to avoid impulse buying at the click of a mouse.” 

‘Paws’ for thought

The Dogs Trust hopes that people will recognise that not everyone is ready for the lifelong commitment of owning a dog and take some time to ‘paws’ and consider before adopting a dog.

If you have been thinking about getting a dog this Christmas, watch the Dogs Trust's Christmas campaign first.