Fears dogs will be put down as numbers of unwanted animals rise in Dorset this Christmas

Bournemouth Echo: TO THE RESCUE: Rona Hubball who is a foster carer for Dorset Dogs Rescue with two of the dogs that are currently looking for homes TO THE RESCUE: Rona Hubball who is a foster carer for Dorset Dogs Rescue with two of the dogs that are currently looking for homes

A local dog rescue centre is worried several dogs will be put down during the festive season.

Dorset Dog Rescue says it is already inundated with dogs and fears pressure will rise over the Christmas period, leaving a large number of dogs without a home.

“Normally we’re the busiest just after Christmas, but this year it started already in early November,” says founder Julia Liddle.

She thinks the reason for the high numbers of dogs is partially because a lot of elderly people are going into care homes and leaving their dogs behind.

Others seem to have gotten in the way of Christmas arrangements.

“A lot of puppies get adopted in March but get taken back to us now, because they are no longer cute and fluffy but still needs a lot of attention “People don’t want to deal with the expenses and that sort of responsibility around Christmas,” she says.

The rescue centre is based in Dorset but works with re-homing dogs across the UK.

They have a network of 42 foster carers who looks after the dogs until they find a permanent home.

The organisation has been running for 5 years, but with 45 dogs in their care this is the first time they have to turn dogs down.

Their website tells of successful work but also frustration as not everyone seems to understand the hard work a dog can be. Some are returned to the Dorset Dog Rescue within just hours or days of being adopted.

One message from Julia and the manager Natalie reads “sometimes I don’t think people take the responsibility of taking on a dog seriously even though at the time they declare to”.

At dorsetdogrescue.com you can read all about the organisation, their work and their dogs.

Julia and her colleagues will be working almost every day over the Christmas period to ensure as many dogs as possible find loving homes.

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4:00pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Vikki27 says...

That's awful. I would LOVE to have a dog, but my cats are a touch dog-phobic! I really hope they find a way around this problem that prevents having to put any dogs to sleep. They're such good companions and a great way to stay active if you're short of motivation. If you don't have a dog and you're willing to look after it properly, PLEASE help save some!
That's awful. I would LOVE to have a dog, but my cats are a touch dog-phobic! I really hope they find a way around this problem that prevents having to put any dogs to sleep. They're such good companions and a great way to stay active if you're short of motivation. If you don't have a dog and you're willing to look after it properly, PLEASE help save some! Vikki27

4:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

suzigirl says...

I would have another dog tomorrow but I work full time and would not be allowed a rescue dog - probably easier to adopt a child!
I would have another dog tomorrow but I work full time and would not be allowed a rescue dog - probably easier to adopt a child! suzigirl

5:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Lucky Rich says...

Two many little pink princesses that want a puppy wuppy for Christmas is probably the main cause ....by Easter they want a bunny wunny ........the system could probably cope with the few old people that are devastated but just cant manage with there pets anymore & have to some how give them up,,,,,needs sorting .if the demand was not there then ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
,,,Down to the management of the parents again.....I.N.T.I.T .......
Two many little pink princesses that want a puppy wuppy for Christmas is probably the main cause ....by Easter they want a bunny wunny ........the system could probably cope with the few old people that are devastated but just cant manage with there pets anymore & have to some how give them up,,,,,needs sorting .if the demand was not there then ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,Down to the management of the parents again.....I.N.T.I.T ....... Lucky Rich

6:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

I don't think it's all down to old people going into homes. My son and his wife, my sister and several friends have all had to re-home their dogs over the last 12 months - because not many of the landlords locally will allow pets of any kind.

I fail to see how having a pet can affect whether someone is a suitable tenant or not, yet time after time landlords say no!

My son's dog was almost 12 years old and he'd had her since she was a puppy, but the bedroom tax forced him to downsize home and he could not find anywhere to accept his dog. He was gutted and his kids were devastated to lose their playmate.

It's disgusting. They will be expecting people to get rid of their kids before renting next :o/
I don't think it's all down to old people going into homes. My son and his wife, my sister and several friends have all had to re-home their dogs over the last 12 months - because not many of the landlords locally will allow pets of any kind. I fail to see how having a pet can affect whether someone is a suitable tenant or not, yet time after time landlords say no! My son's dog was almost 12 years old and he'd had her since she was a puppy, but the bedroom tax forced him to downsize home and he could not find anywhere to accept his dog. He was gutted and his kids were devastated to lose their playmate. It's disgusting. They will be expecting people to get rid of their kids before renting next :o/ we-shall-see

8:30am Tue 17 Dec 13

glendower2909 says...

suzigirl wrote:
I would have another dog tomorrow but I work full time and would not be allowed a rescue dog - probably easier to adopt a child!
Agree with you Suzy. We approached a similar
Local organisation ( not the one in this report) about
7 Years ago with a view to having a dog. Appreciate that
They try to make sure that prospective adoptees are suitable
But I got the distinct impression that as we had kids and were
Not 100% at home we were instantly deemed pariahs. We therefore
Did what these organisations preach against while there are so
Many strays etc about and went out and Bought a new puppy.
Our pooch is now 8 and very happy with no ill effects from a few hours
Alone or being pulled an rugged etc by the kids so they missed out on
An adoptive parent.

I am not naive to think that all dogs are suitable for a family with kids
Nor are able to be left alone for a few hours but a blanket ban is short sighted

Just hope they find a solution.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: I would have another dog tomorrow but I work full time and would not be allowed a rescue dog - probably easier to adopt a child![/p][/quote]Agree with you Suzy. We approached a similar Local organisation ( not the one in this report) about 7 Years ago with a view to having a dog. Appreciate that They try to make sure that prospective adoptees are suitable But I got the distinct impression that as we had kids and were Not 100% at home we were instantly deemed pariahs. We therefore Did what these organisations preach against while there are so Many strays etc about and went out and Bought a new puppy. Our pooch is now 8 and very happy with no ill effects from a few hours Alone or being pulled an rugged etc by the kids so they missed out on An adoptive parent. I am not naive to think that all dogs are suitable for a family with kids Nor are able to be left alone for a few hours but a blanket ban is short sighted Just hope they find a solution. glendower2909

8:47am Tue 17 Dec 13

glendower2909 says...

Agree with weshallsee above. During my employ I often call at various properties both privately rented and social housing and believe me many people are perfectly able to live like animals and destroy the fabric of homes themselves without requiring a dog. As the sign often says don't worry bout the dog mind the kids.
Agree with weshallsee above. During my employ I often call at various properties both privately rented and social housing and believe me many people are perfectly able to live like animals and destroy the fabric of homes themselves without requiring a dog. As the sign often says don't worry bout the dog mind the kids. glendower2909

3:27pm Tue 17 Dec 13

PooleParky says...

So many gorgeous Doggies!

Surprised I didn't see any Staffs on there, virtually every one on the RSPCA site is a staffy... odd.
So many gorgeous Doggies! Surprised I didn't see any Staffs on there, virtually every one on the RSPCA site is a staffy... odd. PooleParky

7:14am Thu 19 Dec 13

mgibbs says...

It's the same for all rescues at this time of year. The guinea pig rescue in Bournemouth is full, with 120 residents and has been since Novemeber. Willowtree rescue is over full with cats, 18 and rising daily. Not to mention the bunnies, rats, hamsters, hens, and other small animals they have there. All the excuses are given, kids get boared, moving can't take as Landlords wont accept. Getting a new dog, so rabbit has to go. Were given the wrong sex by pets shops, so have babies now can't get rid.
Back yard breeders and pet shops are to blame for a large amont. They breed a load ready for Christmas, when they can't sell them they end up at the rescues.
It's the same for all rescues at this time of year. The guinea pig rescue in Bournemouth is full, with 120 residents and has been since Novemeber. Willowtree rescue is over full with cats, 18 and rising daily. Not to mention the bunnies, rats, hamsters, hens, and other small animals they have there. All the excuses are given, kids get boared, moving can't take as Landlords wont accept. Getting a new dog, so rabbit has to go. Were given the wrong sex by pets shops, so have babies now can't get rid. Back yard breeders and pet shops are to blame for a large amont. They breed a load ready for Christmas, when they can't sell them they end up at the rescues. mgibbs

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