Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin has met with new parliamentary under secretary for DEFRA, Lord De Mauley, to urge people to think carefully before buying a puppy for Christmas.
The Dogs Trust has received backing from within the corridors of power for its ‘A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas’ campaign.
Earlier this week (December 11, 2012) Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin met with newly-appointed parliamentary under secretary for DEFRA, Lord De Mauley, to urge people to think carefully before buying a puppy for Christmas.
Every year Dogs Trust reinforces the importance of its iconic slogan to remind the general public to consider the long-term responsibilities involved in owning a dog. Despite the initiative, however, the charity’s re-homing centres continue to see an influx of dogs in the New Year, after the novelty of a puppy given as a gift has worn off.
Impulse buying of animals has become an increasingly appealing option due to the accessibility of the internet, yet it can attract unscrupulous breeders and dogs are often in poor health and under-socialised, which can then lead to them being abandoned.
Lord De Mauley said: “Owning a dog can bring real joy to the owner but anyone thinking of bringing a new dog into their home should remember that it is a lifetime commitment. Animal welfare charities like the Dogs Trust do a great job in helping neglected animals, but Christmas is a time when they are put under enormous pressure by the number of dogs that are abandoned by people who cannot care for them.”
Clarissa Baldwin added: “I am very grateful for the valued support Lord De Mauley has shown at this vital time of year for Dogs Trust. Our slogan was coined 34 years ago and, sadly, is as relevant now as it has ever been.
“We very much want to remind people that dogs are not disposable, but deserve a home for life and it is crucial that people are aware of the responsibility they are undertaking. If people are committed to owning a dog, it is also important they do their research to ensure they obtain a healthy, legally bred dog and to avoid the costs associated with buying at a click of the mouse.”
This year, Dogs Trust will stop rehoming between December 22 and 29 in a bid to curb the number of puppies given as gifts.