The ‘12 dogs of Christmas’ find loving homes for 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, a litter of American bulldog-cross puppies were taken to the Southampton Blue Cross centre, which specializes in animal adoption and animal hospital services.

Thousands of animals are taken to the facility throughout the year after being neglected or abandoned. This particular family of puppies was brought into the centre by its previous owner, who struggled to look after them.

Seven pups were based in the Southampton center and five at the Thirsk centre. They were 12 of 21 puppies that needed re-homing during the time leading up to Christmas. Following the arrival of the ‘12 dogs of Christmas’, staff decided to give each and every one a festive name. The female dogs were called Holly, Ivy, Mary, Robin, Tinsel and Elf, while the males were dubbed Rudolph, Snowy, Gabriel, Frosty, Noel and Joseph.

A group of workers at the Southampton Blue Cross took photographs of each puppy individually. The dogs donned a festive hat in the photos, which captured the hearts of people everywhere.

The animals were also featured in an issue of the Daily Echo, a newspaper for residents of Southampton, Hampshire. It didn’t take long for people to pick up the phone and contact the Southampton Blue Cross to enquire about adopting the festive canines.

Now, all of the animals are settling into their new homes with loving owners, who were assessed by the team of experienced staff before adoptions were finalised.