Paws for thought: Charity suspends adopting dogs for Christmas
Anyone in Wicklow thinking of getting a dog for Christmas should think again after Dogs Trust announced that it is suspending the rehoming of dogs from now until the New Year.
Today is the last day that dogs can be adopted from the centre in Finglas, although it will remain open to the public so people can visit all the dogs looking for homes and start the rehoming process with a view to adopting from January 4.
Dogs Trust is the country’s largest dog welfare charity and says that “Christmas is not a good time to take on a new dog, especially a puppy.
“It is critical that dogs are provided with basic training and positive socialisation experiences in those first few months to set them up for the best start in life.
“Many people, often with the very best intentions, are simply unable to provide this at a busy time like Christmas.
Dogs Trust has received 2,135 calls and emails from members of the public this year looking to surrender their dog, with 667 of those in the first three months of the year.
January continues to have the highest number of surrender requests each year, with 189 calls and a further 47 emails in 2019.
The top reason given for people looking to give up their dog was that they didn’t have enough time to look after them anymore.
“Dogs Trust coined the phrase ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas®’ over 40 years ago, and sadly it is still as relevant today as it was then,” Executive Director at Dogs Trust, Becky Bristow said.