Doncaster Council is urging residents to fully consider the impact of opening their home to man’s best friend this Christmas.
Over 600 dogs were abandoned in Doncaster in the last year, many of those early in the New Year as owners discovered what a big commitment a dog represents in terms of time and money. Dogs need attention as well as feeding and walking regularly. Food, insurance, micro-chipping, neutering, vaccinations, worming and flea treatments plus other vets bills can add up to over £1,000 a year.
Strays from across the borough are taken to Mount Pleasant Kennels in Hampole, where there are in excess of 100 dogs at any one time. Staff work with members of the public and charities to rehome the animals.
Councillor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Enforcement and Trading Services, said: “It is very sad to see so many abandoned dogs at the shelter and know that unfortunately many more are likely to join them in 2014. I would urge anyone thinking of getting a dog to consider whether they have the time, money and energy to spare. If you do, why not wait until after Christmas and adopt a dog from Hampole kennels in the New Year.”