This year, Dogs Trust has teamed up with some of the nation’s famous faces for their iconic “A Dog is For Life” campaign, in a video that lists just a few of the most absurd reasons people have given when handing their dogs in to Dogs Trust re-homing centres.
The campaign aims to encourage people to think carefully about whether they actually want a dog and whether they will be prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to be able to look after a dog properly before they go out and get one for Christmas. Some of the reasons given by people handing dogs over included “all he does is sleep”, “he’s scared of tin foil” and “he doesn’t pay any attention to the baby”.
Despite warnings from campaigns like this, dogs (and other pets) prove to be popular as Christmas gifts year after year. But once the festive period is over, many new owners find that they are unable (or unwilling) to provide the care that their dog needs, leading to a huge influx of dogs into pounds and rescue shelters across the country.
So this year, be a responsible dog owner: don’t give or accept a dog as a Christmas present unless you are absolutely sure that yourself or the recipient has all the necessary knowledge, has readied their home accordingly, and is prepared to be committed to their dog in the long term.