The RSPCA is rehoming more Staffordshire bull terriers than any other breed of dog, according to figures released today. However, the charity is appealing for more prospective owners as it still has many Staffies in desperate need of good new homes.
The RSPCA is rehoming more Staffordshire bull terriers than any other breed of dog, according to figures released today. However, the charity is appealing for more prospective owners to come forward as it still has many Staffies in desperate need of good new homes.
Animal lovers helped 13 of the RSPCA’s animal centres find new homes for more than 507 Staffordshire bull terriers and Staffie crosses during 2009. These same centres also rehomed 581 crossbreed dogs, many of which may also have been Staffie crosses.
It is likely the RSPCA rehomed many more Staffies than this, but the charity is currently unable to collect statistics from all its animal centres and 170 branches.
The charity believes that the high figures can be attributed to the fact that the breed has become “fashionable”, attracting irresponsible owners who are “more interested in their own image than their dog’s welfare”.
Common reasons given for handing Staffies over to the RSPCA are that owners are unable to cope with looking after a dog, or that financial or housing circumstances have changed. Many of the dogs in the RSPCA’s care have been neglected or abused and need very special new owners to help them recover.
This week is RSPCA Week (April 26 to May 2) and the charity is using the event to encourage everyone thinking of getting a dog to consider a Staffie because, in the right hands, they can make an excellent pet.
To promote this, the charity’s new website – www.gettoknowadog.co.uk – is launched today, aiming to help people find out more about adopting a Staffie.
Anna White, manager of the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre in Potters Bar, said: “Some people think Staffies don’t make good pets but when in the right hands, well cared for and properly trained, they can make brilliant companions.
“If you’re thinking of getting a pet, please visit our special new website and find out more about Staffies. You can also visit an RSPCA centre to get to know one of the thousands of animals in our care. Our staff can help you decide if you can provide a good home for a dog and, if so, whether a Staffie could be the right dog for you – and if you adopt a Staffie, you’ll know you’ve given an extra special animal a much-needed new home.”
If you would like to help the RSPCA continue with its vital animal welfare work by making a donation, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/donate or call 0300 123 0346.