A dog is for life, not just for Christmas – it’s a phrase that’s often repeated this time of year and with good reason.
Puppies have long been popular Christmas gifts, but it’s a trend that dog welfare charity Dogs Trust are strongly urging against, amid growing concerns about illegal smuggling.
The charity reports that over 2,000 puppies, with a total market value of £3million, have been seized at UK border control in the last seven years and rehomed as part of their Puppy Pilot scheme to crack down on the issue. There has also been a 60% increase in pregnant dogs seized since 2021.
On top of that, shelters are filling up with animals that have been surrendered or abandoned this year. More and more owners are giving up their pets, no longer able to afford them due to the cost of living crisis, meaning there are more dogs looking for forever homes than ever.
But, if you are responsible, with the time, money, patience and love to give a dog a safe home this winter, here are some of the lovely pets at Dogs Trust Manchester waiting for adoption - you can find out more on the charity’s website.
Storm is a four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. He is looking for a quiet life, so needs to live in a house set back from a road as he can be noise sensitive. He would be best suited to families with children aged 16 and over and where someone is at home most of the time – he doesn’t like being alone. His favourite treats are ham and cheese. Credit: Dogs Trust
Bruno is an eight-year-old Presa Canario and suitable for households with children aged 16 and over, no other pets and some experience with larger dogs. He enjoys belly rubs and short walks. Credit: Dogs Trust
Bobby is a one-year-old Lurcher cross, who is very active and looking for a companion that can keep up with his energy levels. He is best suited to a home with no children or dogs. His favourite toys are tennis balls and rope toys. Credit: Dogs Trust
Frank, the four-year-old Staffordshire cross has had a tough life, spending most of it in kennels. He needs a patient family who will help him integrate into home life as he’s not used to sleeping indoors yet, but he is very friendly – with both people and dogs. Credit: Dogs Trust