It’s the festive season and the time of year that dog rescue charities dread the most. The famous slogan, seen on stickers in the back of so many cars around the country from the Dogs Trust, tells us that ‘A Dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. Staff in rescue centres up and down the country are bracing themselves for the influx of abandoned dogs just after Christmas.
Despite the message being repeated every year, that slogan is still as relevant today as it was when it was launched 38 years ago. The charity is still seeing too many puppies being brought in when the excitement and cute appeal of a puppy for Christmas has worn off by the New Year.
It is well-known that we are a nation of animal lovers but sadly, that affection can make people rush into decisions using their hearts and not their heads. Often people don’t do enough research or feel rushed into making a decision. A dog can be a wonderful addition to family life, but nobody can deny they are a lot of work, a big responsibility and can have a considerable financial impact on your life.
It’s important at this time of year to reiterate the Dogs Trust motto that when you buy a dog, that purchase should be for life and not until the novelty wears off. If you have your heart set on becoming a dog owner, why not consider rehoming a rescue dog? They are more needing of your love and some stability in their lives. Treat them at Christmas to a new home and some goodies like Dog Collars and Leads from https://iwoof.com/
Rescue centres are always busy providing 24-hour care for all new arrivals and long-term residents. Staff even give up their time on Christmas Day as the dogs in their care still need looking after and staff want to ensure they get to enjoy the festive fun too.
It doesn’t matter what the date is or the time of day, the dogs in their care still need walking, feeding, hugging and playtime. Of course, the kennels need a good daily clean as well. Staff make an extra effort during the Christmas period to have a little fun with their dogs. They’ll play Christmas music, decorate the kennels and fit in as much playtime as possible.
Supporting the charity and the work it does are thousands of volunteers and donations from the public. Kind-hearted people send in presents for the dogs at Christmas-time which the dogs receive just before they are given a special festive meal.