Think hard before buying a dog at Christmas
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