Dogs Trust Leeds has today asked people to remember their famous slogan as they prepare for an influx of abandoned dogs over the festive season.
As Dogs Trust Leeds gets ready to give its homeless hounds the best Christmas possible, they are asking people to remember that ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ as every year the charity sadly sees unwanted dogs abandoned at its doors.
As well as providing round-the-clock care for new arrivals, the team at the York Road centre will be spending their Christmas Day looking after 90 homeless hounds already at the centre, ensuring they can enjoy the Christmas festivities as much as everybody else.
If you are interested in rehoming a dog you can visit Dogs Trust Leeds onYork Road, LS15 4NL. It is open 12pm-4pm Friday-Monday, 12pm-7.30pm Tuesday and Thursday, closed Wednesdays.
It will also be closed on Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. You can also call Dogs Trust on 0300 303 0292 or find out more about the dogs looking for their forever homes by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk
A rescue charity in Leeds says it's seen a significant drop in the number of dogs being offered new homes over the last 12 months.
The Dogs Trust is currently caring for 80 dogs and is full to capacity.
With more than 2,000 dogs found by council wardens in 2013, and an 18 per cent drop in the amount of people rehoming dogs from the Dogs Trust in Leeds, the centre is making a new year appeal.
In 2013, nearly 2,000 stray dogs were picked up by council dog wardens - placing pressure on rescues like the Dog's Trust in Leeds to find spaces for dogs coming from the pound.
But Cleo the cross breed puppy was lucky - she's just gone home with Alex and Gareth Sheldrake.
Leeds Dogs Trust assistant manager Matt Howden explains the possible reasons why fewer people rehomed dogs this year.
The Dog's Trust in Leeds never puts a healthy dog down. But they take dogs from the pound - where the animals are given seven days to find a rescue space.
With the recent arrival of Jingle and Bell, who were found abandoned in a quarry, the trust is full. That means they can't take dogs from the pound until someone rehomes one of their dogs.
The centre has seen 18 per cent fewer dogs rehomed this year and managers are appealing for suitable new owners to come forward.
We have been speaking to Matt Howden from the Dogs Trust in Leeds as they say around a hundred dogs need homes. Many are at the shelter for genuine reasons, including deaths in the family and financial difficulties. Since Christmas 20 dogs have arrived at the centre.
The shelter in Leeds of charity Dogs Trust says they are full with dogs to look after following the festive period. They say most families look to take on a new pet in the New Year, so it means they have struggled to cope with the number of animals to look after recently.
The Dog Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Leeds is on the lookout for a new home for Jamie, a 4-year-old Staffie found in a half-starved state on the side of one of Leeds’ busiest roads.
When Jamie was found he was so weak he could not stand, he was extremely malnourished and dehydrated and his eyes were so badly infected he could not open them. He weighed 6.5 kg which, compared with Staffie’s that usually weigh between 13-20 kg at that age, was shockingly underweight.
His spine was also very arched but with the help of Dogs Trust Leeds, it is starting to straighten and he is well on his way to recovery and almost back to full health. If you can help, head to the Dogs Trust website.