Char­ity re­leases new fes­tive ad­vert

Dogs Trust ap­peal

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

West Loth­ian an­i­mallovers are be­ing urged to re­mem­ber not to buy some­thing very par­tic­u­lar this Christ­mas.

Dogs Trust, the char­ity be­hind the fa­mous ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christ­mas’ slo­gan, has launched a Christ­mas ad­vert, fea­tur­ing the very im­por­tant mes­sage that ‘ dogs aren’t Christ­mas presents’.

The film has been pro­moted by the fact that ev­ery year the char­ity takes in dogs who were un­wanted Christ­mas presents.

Last year alone, Dogs Trust had nearly 5000 calls from peo­ple want­ing to han­dover their dogs in the month af­ter Christ­mas, with many of these be­ing Christ­mas presents once their own­ers re­alised the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of dog own­er­ship.

In the com­i­cal ad­vert we see ac­tors treat­ing Christ­mas presents like dogs – tak­ing a games con­sole for a walk, throw­ing a ball for a hairdryer, try­ing to get a drone to sit and say­ing good­night to a bot­tle of per­fume.

The scene then switches to a woman try­ing to wrap a dog as a present be­fore TV pre­sen­ter Mel Giedroyc ex­plains in a voiceover that ‘Christ­mas presents aren’t dogs! And dogs aren’t Christ­mas presents. A dog is for life, not just for Christ­mas’.

Su­san Ton­ner, re­hom­ing cen­tre man­ager at Dogs Trust in West Calder, said: “Once the ini­tial Christ­mas sparkle has worn off and peo­ple re­alise the huge com­mit­ment it takes to own a dog, they come into our care. It’s heart­break­ing for us to see when it could so eas­ily have been pre­vented. Dogs are a won­der­ful ad­di­tion in the right cir­cum­stances, but be­fore bring­ing one into our homes we all need to think whether they are right for our life­styles and, whether we can give them a home for life. Christ­mas presents aren’t dogs, and dogs aren’t Christ­mas presents. It’s that sim­ple.”

Face of the cam­paign Han­nah the dog ap­pears in the ad­vert

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