‘My dog doesn’t match the carpet’

At Christmas-time, Dogs Trust reveals the ridiculous reasons for people to hand in their pets to the charity for rehoming.

THE colour of a dog not matching the carpet and breaking wind too much are just two of the daft reasons why adopters have returned their potential pets, Dogs Trust Ilfracombe has revealed.

This Christmas the charity is keen to remind people dogs should be considered a four-legged friend and not a furry fad, after gathering together some of the ridiculous reasons why owners had handed in their pets.

Claire Joselin at the centre near West Down said staff had seen more than one dog brought back for ‘excess wind’ while on one memorable occasion the would-be owner brought a dog back ‘because when he moulted his hair clashed with the carpet’.

“Our slogan ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ is 34 years old this year, yet people are still continuing to buy dogs as presents without thinking about what life with their dog will actually be like,” she said.

“Cute puppies turn into adult dogs and they need training, walking, feeding and lots of attention.”

Nationwide, the reasons for return become even more bizarre. One adoptee complained their dog barked, before even leaving the car park. Another said their new pet ‘kept scaring the goldfish’ and one person brought the dog back because ‘he doesn’t look like what he did on the website’.

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“Owning a dog is a wonderful experience, but you need to see it as a long term commitment,” added Claire.

“It is so disappointing to see the utterly ridiculous reasons why some people give up their dogs.”

Last year the Ilfracombe centre had 10 dogs handed in during the Christmas period. As with all centres it will not rehome dogs during the festivities, but potential owners are welcome to go along and visit the dogs and reserve one if need be.

To find out more, call 01271 812709 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming and select Ilfracombe from the drop down menu.

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