ANIMAL rescue centres in South Yorkshire are bracing themselves for a flood of unwanted and abandoned Christmas pets.
Sarah Frogatt, of Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, Todwick Road, Dinnington, said the influx of unwanted dogs given as Christmas presents had already begun.
She said: “Since we reopened following the New Year break the phone has not stopped ringing.
“When will people learn not to give pets as presents? We expect to be full to capacity and this puts a huge strain on sanctuaries such as ours.”
RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre manager Stella White said: “Christmas is a difficult time for animal shelters and even more so in the months after Christmas.
“Sometimes puppies and dogs are given as Christmas presents although we, like many other charities, advise against this.
“Once the novelty has worn off and the puppies grow into young dogs people often decide they no longer want the animal and many are moved into shelters, sometimes just dumped on our doorstep.”
The centre on Stadium Way, Attercliffe, has 27 dogs looking for new homes.
They include middle-aged greyhound Sophie who was abandoned by her previous owner and rescued by the RSPCA.
Stella said Sophie was a ‘lovely girl’ who could mix with other dogs and children.
All the animals at the centre are assessed during their stay and staff always try to match the right animal with the right owner.
The centre in is open every weekday except Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
n Call 0114 289 8050 or visit rspcasheffield.homeip.net