This Christmas many offices and shops will shut their doors with employees heading home to spend the festive period with their families, but in rescue, the work never stops and it can be a particularly busy time.
The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) predict 60 of their staff members will be caring for around 400 animals across the south of England this Christmas Day.
One elderly pooch who will likely be spending Christmas with them is 14-year-old Rufus. The terrier, described as cuddly and very active for his age, is sadly homeless after his previous owner could no longer care for him. He spent some time in boarding kennels before arriving at the NAWT centre in Great Shefford.
Although it's unlikely Rufus will be rehomed before Christmas this year, the staff say they will be their on the day to keep Rufus company. This will include a specially prepared Christmas dinner, as well as some donated gifts and some play time outside to stretch his legs.
This is not uncommon and the NAWT add that 15 cats and three dogs over 10-years-old will call one of the NAWT centres home this Christmas Day. In total there will be 124 homeless dogs and 169 homeless cats in their care.
But these pets will not be alone and will still receive the care and attention they deserve thanks to dedicated staff.
If you'd like to donate to their care, you can do so here.