Wood Green, The Animals Charity has celebrated the start of 2015 after helping 100 pets find new homes over the festive season.
During the week from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Eve the charity rehomed exactly 100 animals across its four centres in London and the east of England, including some of its longest-term residents.
The charity was inundated with animals whose owners could no longer care for them in the lead up to Christmas, with its 100 kennels at bursting point (housing more than 120 dogs) and nearly 700 cats on its waiting list to come in to find new homes.
Dog welfare manager Tracey Bingham said: “While we never want to encourage people to rehome a pet on a festive whim, Christmas can be a good time of year to welcome a new furry or four-legged friend into the family, as people have the time to dedicate to settling in their new addition to the family.
“We’ve heard some really touching accounts from people coming in to rehome a pet from us, who have given it some serious thought over the holiday and have come to Wood Green wanting to give a pet in need a new loving start for 2015.
“We have more than 650 pets in our care at any one time, so we’re over the moon to see so many people offer Wood Green residents forever homes in time for the new year.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all their new owners – and hope people continue to be as caring and compassionate in the months to come.”
The 100 animals rehomed from December 24 to December 31 include 29 dogs and 47 cats, as well as 8 chickens, 5 rabbits and other small furries.