Follow Lovin IE

Dogs Trust Ireland Has Suspended All Dog Adoptions For Christmas

By Shirleydonlon

December 22, 2017 at 9:36am


An Irish dog welfare charity has decided to suspend adoption services until after Christmas, saying that Christmas is "the worst time" to adopt a dog.

Dogs Trust Ireland are encouraging those wishing to welcome a dog to their household to consider all elements that will be involved in the process before adopting a dog or puppy. 


According to, Suzie Carley, executive director of Dogs Trust said: "Every Christmas we suspend rehoming. Christmas is probably the worst time of year to introduce a dog, let alone a puppy, to a new home."

She added: "We have a very romantic notion of bringing a puppy into a household. The reality is a lot harder."

Last year, 756 people contacted Dogs Trust in the first three months after Christmas to surrender their dogs.

According to the charity, the most common reason that people wanted to hand over their dog to the charity was because they didn't have enough time for them.

The charity have been running a campaign called #PawsForThought in a bid to encourage people to think twice before buying a dog for Christmas. 

READ NEXT: These Are All The Beauty Gifts An Irish Gal Could Ever Want For Christmas


Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get the best of your city straight to your inbox.

I'd like to receive news and exclusive offers from Lovin IE including competitions, products, commercial partners and activities. By submitting this form you agree to our T&Cs and our privacy policy