Think hard be­fore buy­ing a dog at Christ­mas

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - Adrian Bur­der Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Dogs Trust

DOGS Trust is urg­ing the Bri­tish public to re­mem­ber the char­ity’s iconic slo­gan “A dog is for life, not just for Christ­mas” af­ter a year of bizarre rea­sons of­fered by peo­ple giv­ing up their dog.

Dogs Trust re­ceived a call ev­ery five min­utes from peo­ple look­ing to give up their dogs in the month fol­low­ing Christ­mas last year with rea­sons rang­ing from “he wasn’t a veg­e­tar­ian” or “didn’t like be­ing dressed up”.

Our slo­gan is just as mean­ing­ful to­day as it was when first coined nearly 40 years ago as a sur­vey re­veals one in five con­fessed to buy­ing a dog sim­ply be­cause it was a cute ac­ces­sory.

Dogs Trust takes in thou­sands of much loved dogs from heart­bro­ken own­ers who sadly find them­selves un­able to con­tinue to care for their dogs due to un­avoid­able changes in their cir­cum­stances so it’s par­tic­u­larly hard for staff when they see the other end of the spec­trum.

We hope this Christ­mas is the year our na­tion of an­i­mal lovers fi­nally takes heed of our slo­gan and we don’t see dogs dis­carded be­cause their own­ers have not con­sid­ered the life­time com­mit­ment of dog own­er­ship. We urge any­one con­sid­er­ing get­ting a dog to en­sure they do their re­search to find a dog com­pat­i­ble with their lifestyle.

Dog own­er­ship is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity and your pet shouldn’t just be thought of as a cute ac­ces­sory

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