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A puppy is not just for Christmas

A puppy is not just for Christmas

| by Editor | Posted in Navan News, Navan Pets


Dogs Trust received 186 requests from people looking to surrender their dog after Christmas this year.

A young Jack Russell watched from the car park as a man dropped his lead and drove away.

Many unhappy returns as Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, sees a spike in people looking to surrender a dog in the three weeks following Christmas, a 22% increase on the same period last year. An alarming 186 calls were recorded by the charity from people trying to relinquish their dog. The charity launched their #PawsForThought campaign in November last year, where they urged the public to “pause” and think twice before getting a dog for Christmas.

An upsetting case arriving at Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre was on January 9th, when PJ, a 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was cruelly abandoned at the centre. The distressed dog watched from the car park as a man dropped his lead and drove away. With no other option, PJ was taken into the safety of Dogs Trust and is now looking for his forever family.

PJ is suffering from a lack of confidence which could indicate that he missed out on socialization in his early life as he is very quiet, spending most of his day in bed and is scared to meet other dogs and play the way a happy dog should. PJ has now received all necessary medical treatment and TLC from his Canine Carers and is settling into his new life and routine while he waits for his forever home.  

Catriona Birt, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust said;
“It is painfully upsetting to see PJ, a friendly young dog being discarded in such a heartless way. PJ is a particularly sad case which highlights how important those early months are for a pup and how vital it is to make time to socialize and habituate your new arrival in their puppyhood and adolescence. Our care team here are helping PJ with basic training and confidence building, and showering him with love and affection. He is now recovering well from the incident and he is looking for a new family who will love him.”

Dogs Trust operates at full capacity and offers as many places as possible to dogs from Irish pounds, as they are the ones most at risk of destruction, so, unfortunately, the charity is not in a position to take surrendered dogs from members of the public. However, sadly in the majority of the cases so far this year, the welfare of the dogs found straying or surrendered was of such concern, that the dogs were admitted for immediate veterinary attention; this has impacted the number of dogs the charity can rescue from the Local Authority Pounds.

Suzie Carley, Executive Director said;
“We are saddened to see an increase in the number of dogs and puppies being surrendered or abandoned after Christmas again this year. Dogs Trust urges the public to avoid getting a dog around the Christmas season. It is disappointing to see that this message is still falling on deaf ears for many as the number of surrender requests continues to rise. PJ is a particularly sad case. He is such a sweet and kind boy and for him to be discarded this way is deeply upsetting.

Dogs Trust recognizes that not all surrender requests are made lightly, and that sometimes circumstances change, resulting in no other option but to surrender a dog. We would ask the public to try and anticipate any major lifestyle changes such as an upcoming move, or a baby coming into the home and consider how a dog may impact this before bringing one into your home. Dogs Trust coined the phrase “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas®” and it is astonishing to see that almost 40 years later this message is still as relevant today.”

About Dogs Trust
Dogs Trust has been working in Ireland since 2005 and its mission is to bring an end to the destruction of stray and abandoned dogs through a national responsible dog ownership campaign, including a subsidised neutering and microchipping campaign and an education programme.

Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy; we never destroy a healthy dog.

The Centre is based at: 
Dogs Trust Dublin Rehoming Centre
Ashbourne Road
Dublin 11

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