A charity has said it’s received an average of 128 requests per month so far this year from people who are thinking about rehoming their dogs.

Spaniel Aid said that this number has risen over the past few years from an average of 47 a month in 2021 and 87 in 2022.

For those who want to rehome their dogs, Spaniel Aid urged them to contact the charity or similar organisations.

Last week, Lancashire Police tweeted they were looking for dogs to work for the force.

The force said on Twitter on Friday: “Do you have a working breed dog like a Labrador, Springer or Cocker Spaniel that is under 3 years old?

“Are they full of energy & enjoy ball play and searching? If yes & you want to rehome your dog please contact Anna.Woods@Lancashire.Police.UK”

Spaniel Aid founder and trustee, Nicola Kebbell, said in response: “If people are really thinking of rehoming their dog, we would urge them to come to a rehoming charity like Spaniel Aid first.

“If the dog has a genuine aptitude for a working role, we have good contacts with several police forces, and a record of finding dogs good homes.”

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The charity said the average monthly number of rehoming requests over January and February was 128.

Spaniel Aid shared the story of Buddy, a dog who was rehomed after he was given up in April last year.

The charity said: “He had had a good few homes already in his two years was said to be reactive to other dogs and had bitten someone when provoked. It soon became clear that this boy was misunderstood.

Bournemouth Echo: Buddy was rehomed by the charityBuddy was rehomed by the charity (Image: PA)

“He was intelligent and fast learning and needed a job.

“He went through sniffer dog training with Northumbria Police and passed last month with flying colours to become a fully licensed police drugs/weapons/cash dog.”