The Dogs Trust has decided to suspend adoption applications throughout the festive period. The suspension began yesterday and will lift on January 4th.
By, 17 Dec 2019
The charity hopes its decision will temper the rising number of Christmas dogs returned or abandoned after just a matter of weeks. Potential adopters will not have their applications considered until Christmas and the New Year have passed.
Not just for Christmas
The charity reminds us tirelessly of the responsibilities and commitment dog ownership entails. But its message and the message of other charities warning the public against buying a Christmas dog on impulse seems not to be getting through.
In 2017, a “record” number of dogs were abandoned in the post-Christmas period, according to The Mirror. The publication even went as far as blaming online celebrities for their influencing the decisions of impressionable fans.
In that year, “127 dogs were dropped at Dogs Trust shelters around the country in the two weeks around Christmas – a 54% increase on last year,” writes The Mirror.
Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester Rehoming Centre Manager, told the paper, “After nearly 40 years highlighting our iconic slogan, ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, we hoped that this would be the Christmas that the message would finally sink in.
“But it seems that, in this day and age, where puppies are readily available at the click of a button, people are still choosing to purchase a dog on impulse, without thinking about the long-term effect this will have on their life.”
It an attempt thus to stem the flow of dogs that leave their shelters as Christmas presents only to be returned in the wake of festive enthusiasm the Dogs Trust will “paws” new applications.
Adam Clowes, Dogs Trust operations director told The Metro, “Every dog deserves to find their special someone, and this doesn’t change because it’s Christmas.
“Dog ownership is a wonderful thing, but our slogan is about reminding people that it's a lifelong commitment which must be carefully considered, not just at Christmas but all year round.”
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