Dogs Trust has announced it is suspending the re-homing of dogs from its re-homing centre over the festive period to prevent people “rushing out to get a dog for Christmas.”
The charity has revealed Christmas is not a good time to take on a new dog, especially a puppy, as it lacks “basic training” and “positive socialisation experiences.”
The re-homing day took place yesterday (16 December) and will restart adoptions on 4 January 2020.
Dogs Trust Ireland reported over 2,000 calls and emails from the public to surrender their dog this year, 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.
Becky Bristow, executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland said: “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. Each year we are saddened and worried by the number of people looking to relinquish their dog, especially in the first few months after Christmas.
“It’s no surprise that January continues to have the highest number of surrender requests and reinforces our need to go out with our message every year that ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.”
She added: “We hope that by spreading this message that it will remind people that a dog is a long-term commitment and will encourage people to wait and consider adding a dog to their family in the New Year instead, when the festivities have died down.”