Although we may have wanted to shower our pets in gifts over the festive period, rescue centres and animal homes have been encouraging both experienced and new pet owners to give just one present – the gift of a new, loving home.
A recent article in ‘This is Somerset’ encouraged individuals looking to home a pet to remember that they are much more than a gift for Christmas, and the best gift to give is a loving home for a pet needing one because its previous owner, for whatever reason, is no longer able to care for it. Recent news suggests that rescue centres across the nation are struggling to house and care for the increasing amount of pets that are abandoned year on year.
The recent increase is thought to be due to the on-going economic struggles around the UK, leading to pet owners abandoning or handing in their beloved pets in the desperate hope that they get rehomed.
Heaven’s Gate Farm animal rescue centre in West Henley (part of the National Animal Welfare Trust) is struggling to home their massive influx of pets, with 40 dogs and 70 cats on the waiting list alone. However, people’s generosity saw the pets in their care receive toys and treats throughout the festive period to add a little Christmas cheer to their holiday season.
Figures also suggest that there has been a rise in the number of stray animals being taken in by rescue centres, and Miss Willit from Heaven’s Gate believes that this increase could be due to some pet owners feeling a need to give up an animal being unable to find a space at a rescue home to accommodate their pet, so then abandoning it in the hope that it will be rescued soon.
When considering adding a four-legged friend to your family why not visit a local rescue centre that will be able to help advise you on a pet that will be suitable for your home and lifestyle, and adopt a pet that’s in desperate need of a loving home?