Waterford families: Remember, a dog is for life and not just for Christmas
It’s almost become a cliche at this stage: a dog is for life and not just for Christmas.
But Waterford families are being asked by Dogs Trust to remember that key phrase ahead of the festive period following a large number of surrender requests this year.
The charity is urging people to think about the lifelong commitment and responsibility that comes with owning a dog and then wait until after Christmas to consider taking on a new addition to the family.
Dogs Trust has revealed that from January to October, more than 1,900 people contacted them looking to relinquish their dog.
As part of the campaign, Dogs Trust will be launching a new TV advert – which features a puppet dog who brings to life the message.
To highlight the upsetting reality of dogs being abandoned or surrendered, Dogs Trust has released shocking CCTV footage of little Pudsey (pictured above), a Jack Russell Terrier, being tied to a tree outside the gates of their Rehoming Centre in Finglas.
The bewildered dog then looks back and tries to follow the man, as he disappears.
Speaking about the upsetting footage, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust, Karla Dunne said: “A staff member spotted a small dog tied to a tree, just outside the gates to our Rehoming Centre.
“The man could have brought him into our centre where there were staff there to attend to him immediately, but instead he chose to abandon him, frightened and confused beside a very busy main road until someone spotted him.
“When our Veterinary team examined the dog, they found he had severe dental disease, alopecia and red marks on his forelegs from licking at them which we think may be behaviorally linked as x-rays on the areas showed no abnormalities.
“Due to the dental disease, poor Pudsey had to have four teeth extracted but thankfully this won’t affect his ability to eat and the little fella is recovering well from his ordeal.”
To help spread their message and show that your dog is for life, Dogs Trust are asking people to share the first and most recent photos of their dog using the hashtag #ADogIsForLife on social media.
Find Dogs Trust on Facebook, and Instagram or follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ADogIsForLife.
To find out more about how you can support this campaign log onto: www.dogstrust.ie/ADogIsFrLife