Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity has put dog adoptions on hold until next year to discourage well-meaning but ill-prepared people from getting a rescue pet this Christmas.
The Dogs Trust, which coined the phrase “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas” over 40 years ago, has suspended its dog relocation service from today until today. to January 4.
He also drops the curtain on his weekly Puppy Cam until the same date, pointing out that Christmas was a bad time to face a dog, especially a puppy.
The association stressed the importance of providing dogs with basic training and positive socialization experiences in the first few months to prepare them for the best start in life. He said many people, even those with the best of intentions, were simply unable to deliver this at a busy time like Christmas.
So far this year, Dogs Trust has received 2,135 calls and emails from the public seeking to hand over dogs, of which 667 were in the first three months of the year.
January continues to have the highest number of discounts, with 189 calls and 47 emails received by the association in the first month of this year. The main reason people gave when looking to abandon a dog was that they didn’t have enough time to take care of it.
Although the placement has been suspended, the Finglas Charity Center will remain open to the public over Christmas so that dogs looking for a home can be visited and the placement process can begin for adoptions during the year. new Year.
“Each year we are saddened and concerned by the number of people who seek to abandon their dog, especially in the first months after Christmas,” said Dogs Trust Executive Director Becky Bristow.
Ms Bristow expressed hope that spreading the message would remind people that “a dog is a long-term commitment and will encourage people to wait and consider adding a dog to their family over the New Year. Year, when the festivities are over. down”.
“Santa doesn’t bring dogs for Christmas, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas,” Carina Fitzsimons of Dogs Trust told RTÉ Morning Ireland radio.
Puppies are a 13-year-old commitment, she says, and they’re not a material item to give as a surprise, “they need stability, routine and a calm environment to settle down.
“As wonderful as Christmas is, now is just not the time of year to make that commitment.”
Meanwhile, the DSPCA, Ireland’s oldest animal welfare charity, is looking for foster parents to take dogs, cats, puppies and kittens over Christmas time.
The DSPCA has over 95 dogs and over 85 cats seeking temporary foster homes – families should be available over Christmas to bring animals back for vet treatments and be home to care for, love and socialize the animals.
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