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Charity prepares for influx of abandoned dogs over Christmas

As we approach the festive season, Dogs Trust Manchester is reminding people of its famous slogan 'A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas' as the staff prepare for an influx of abandoned dogs over the Christmas period.

The famous slogan is as relevant today as it was 38 years ago, as every year the charity sees the same flurry of abandoned puppies, who's appeal has worn off.   

Dawn Bishop, Rehoming Centre Manager at the Denton based Dogs Trust Manchester says, "There is no denying that we’re a nation of animal lovers, but sadly sometimes that love can blind people and they may rush into getting a dog, often without ample research or even rushing into a last minute online purchase. A dog can be such a rewarding addition to any family, but they do come with long-term responsibilities that will have a lasting impact on their new owner’s life.

"Across the network of Dogs Trust rehoming centres we are increasingly seeing more and more dogs abandoned over Christmas and this year, as always, we are reminding everyone that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, and, if you are thinking about getting a dog in 2017, to consider rehoming a rescue dog."

This Christmas, as well as providing care to new arrivals, the team will be looking after the homeless hounds already at the centre.

Dawn adds, "Although it is Christmas Day our dogs still need feeding, walking and cuddling, and the kennels need cleaning! We make it as fun as possible, and we do our best to spoil the dogs as it is their Christmas too. So from playing carols to decorating the kennels, we try to give everyone, two and four-legged, a jolly good time!"

To highlight the pitfalls of puppy gifting at Christmas, Dogs Trust changed its name to Socks Trust at the start of this month and encouraged people to #GiveSocksNotDogs this festive season.