While on a recent visit to Dogs Trust West London, the actor John Barrowman fell in love with Teagan, a 12 year old Cocker Spaniel. John couldn’t resist the lovable golden oldie and he is now part of his happy family. John is supporting Dogs Trust Christmas campaign for people to remember that all dogs, young and old are for life, not just for Christmas
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and owner of the famous slogan A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas®, has launched an appeal to the public to remember vulnerable older dogs this Christmas.
Research has shown that it is not just puppies who are abandoned during what staff have dubbed the “silly season”. While the charity continues its campaign to discourage people from buying puppies as gifts, figures collated from the charity’s 17 Rehoming Centres show that older dogs, those aged eight and above, are at risk of being dumped to make way for new puppies, often themselves bought as presents and subsequently abandoned.
The run-up to Christmas and the period afterwards is one of the busiest times for the charity as the number of dogs handed in, or found as strays massively increases. In some cases, the number of old dogs handed in to the charity doubled over the festive season, and between 2002-2005 over 1,000 old dogs were abandoned over Christmas.
Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin, says: ‘In our society, it is often the very old who are the most vulnerable over the festive season. It is the same with dogs. Sadly, in the run up to Christmas and in the New Year, the proportion of old dogs we take in to our care significantly rises compared to other times of year.
“While we cannot forget the message of not buying puppies as presents, which sadly still goes on, it is also important not to neglect our old aged dogs too, who are at greater risk of being abandoned at this time of year. We beg people to consider the commitment needed to care for your pet for its whole life.’
If you would like to support the “A Dog is For life, Not Just for Christmas®” campaign, then please call 020 7837 0006 for your free car sticker and to find out more.