The Dogs Trust say dogs are still being given away as Christmas presents because it's easier than ever to buy them online.
As part of their Christmas campaign, the Dogs Trust has released the strangest reasons given for handing a dog over to a rehoming centre.
The Dog's Trust reveal some of the strangest reasons they are given when dogs are handed over to them.
It's the time of year again we're being discouraged from giving pets as Christmas presents. The Dogs Trust have started their campaign by revealing some of the strangest reasons they've had for people giving up their dogs.
One owner returned theirs because it "smelled of dog" and another in Shrewsbury was given back because he was too thin. The number of abandoned dogs is on the rise, down partly they say to the recession, and people buying puppies online. Chris Halpin reports.
The Dogs Trust have applied a ban on people taking dogs home during the Christmas period.
They've set up the self imposed controls to ensure people do not give rescue dogs to people as Christmas presents.
The Dogs Trust Centre in Shrewsbury is already at capacity, and despite the warnings they expect to be inundated with unwanted puppies and dogs after Christmas and in the New Year.
Kate Sheppard recently adopted rescue dog Noah after he was given back to the Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury after just 24 hours for being too skinny.
She's taken in the Whippet who she described as a handful at first - but with time he's now settled into her home along with her other three dogs.
Clarissa Baldwin says that there are sad reasons people are forced to give up their dogs, but some excuses people give are ridiculous.
Clarissa Baldwin, the Chief Executive of Dogs Trust comments on the case of Noah, a dog handed into a Shrewsbury dog centre for being "too thin". She says that buying dogs is far too easy and people fail to do any research.
The Dogs Trust charity is launching its annual Christmas campaign, which made famous the phrase "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas".
This year they have published a list of the strangest reasons given for handing over a dog to the charity.
In Shrewsbury, a whippet called Noah was handed back to the centre just 24 hours after being rehomed - his new owner claimed "he was too thin". The owner was also upset that Noah had chewed a door handle.