It may be early in 2010, but Clarissa Baldwin OBE (and Dogs Trust Chief Executive) never seems to stop working. Ms Baldwin knows that despite her charity’s warnings, some people will have received puppies for Christmas. The Dogs Trust is Britain’s biggest dog welfare charity and their experienced people are accustomed to coping with the problems posed by human carelessness.
A new puppy, like many gifts, has an aura of novelty about it. However, if the novelty does not endure a puppy is vulnerable to potential mistreatment or abandonment. As Ms Baldwin was quoted in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner:
It is often rescue centres such as Dogs Trust who have to pick up the pieces after the novelty of a new puppy has worn off.
Even before the new decade commenced, the Dogs Trust was being obliged to deal with a few early victims. A young puppy was discovered in a snowy park in Leeds, in the aftermath of its abandonment. The Jack Russell terrier was only a few weeks old and has been called Tiny Tim. The Merseyside Rehoming Centre which is operated by the Dogs Trust received several older dogs over the festive season. Experts believe that some of these dogs may well have been handed in to ‘make space’ for a new ‘Christmas puppy.’
The Dogs Trust runs courses that can help someone look after their puppy. It has eighteen re-homing centres situated around Britain and Ireland which can assist individuals experiencing difficulties with proper dog care.
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