Dogs Trust is suspending adoptions over Christmas once again this year.
The animal charity has confirmed that it will be suspending adoptions over the festive period once again this year.
Urging people to think about the lifelong commitment and responsibility that comes with owning a dog, the centre will be halting adoptions from today, December 16th, until January 4th 2020.
While puppies and dogs, in general, prove to be a popular present each year, the charity maintains that the holidays are not a good time to take on a new addition, saying that people often rush into the decision without being properly prepared.
Emphasising the importance of dogs being provided with basic training and positive socialisation experiences in the first few months, this is often not possible to achieve over the chaotic Christmas period.
According to the Dogs Trust website, over 2,000 people have contacted the organisation since the beginning of the year, looking to give up their dog. January continues to be the month with the highest number of surrenders, with people putting the decision down to not having enough time to care for their pet.
Responsible for coining the phrase ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, 40 years on and their message remains the same – with the Dogs Trust Christmas ad reinforcing the theme.
Sharing your life with a dog is a wonderful experience, bringing years of companionship and love. It is also a lifelong commitment – a decision that should never be made lightly or ‘just for Christmas’. #ADogIsForLife
— Dogs Trust Ireland (@DogsTrust_IE) November 6, 2019
Set to the sweet musical melodies of Sam Smith, the clip shows the realities of gifting a dog for Christmas.
The centre in Finglas will remain open to the public so that people can still visit all the dogs looking for new homes and decide if they would like to proceed with the rehoming and adoption process in the New Year.