A three-month- old puppy, who was purchased as a present, but no longer wanted, has finally found her happily ever after thanks to The Mayhew Animal Home.
A young woman originally bought the Jack Russell Terrier cross, named Ella by Mayhew staff, for her boyfriend.
When the couple suddenly broke up, the puppy was no longer wanted by the boyfriend.
At first the boyfriend was undecided whether to keep Ella or not, but eventually turned up at The Mayhew to sign her over.
After speaking with adoption officers and animal welfare officers, he was informed the charity had no space due to an overwhelming number of abandoned dogs.
The team suggested that he try another rescue shelter, however, he proceeded to pass Ella to members of the public outside instead, so they made the decision to take her in their care straight away even though they were stretched for space.
The Mayhew’s head of animal welfare, Zoe Edwards, said: “It is completely irresponsible to sell a puppy outside on the streets, but unfortunately we see this kind of situation all too often.
“Sadly there are lots of unwanted animals in rescue centres like ours that have come in from people who have bought pets on a whim without taking into consideration the responsibilities and needs of looking after them.
“When getting a new pet you should always consider whether you will be able to look after them correctly.
“Unfortunately, irresponsible breeders won’t be thinking or asking whether the buyer is able to care and provide for the animal for the rest of its life, both financially and physically.”
“This is an example of the impact that irresponsible owners have on our rescue centre. When owners dump perfectly healthy dogs and cats on us without seeking help from us first, it means we cannot rescue dogs and cats that are in urgent need.”
“If owners called us in the first instance, we can help in many other ways rather than the last resort of them dumping their pet on us.
“We are here to assist and advise pet owners on the best course of action for their pet.”
As soon as she was showing off her friendly and affectionate character, Ella found a new home straight away. She has since been renamed Pippa and is enjoying her new life in her loving home, and particularly enjoys cuddles.
Her new owner, Trina Harris, said: “She is a fun, loving, excited and playful puppy. She has settled into her new home very well.”
For more information visit www.themayhew.org