Volunteers in the North West will be looking after the region's abandoned dogs this Christmas.
Centres in Huyton and Denton will be caring for almost 200.
On the big day it will be, almost, business as usual, with volunteers still walking dogs whatever the weather and cleaning kennels.
They'll also be helping their four-legged friends open presents, which have all been donated by generous dog-lovers
Paul Crone reports:
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An appeal's gone out to find homes for three rather cute Beagles. Dogs Trust Merseyside, are looking for new owners to house and train Marley, Charlie and Scooby. The Charity said Beagles are fast becoming a sought after breed with enquiries on the increase.
A three-month-old Jack Russell is home safe and well after surviving a half-hour journey trapped inside a car engine.
‘Betty Boop’ managed to climb up through the engine of a neighbour’s Audi A4 before becoming stuck.
Gavin Juliette, 42, drove the 12-mile round trip from Ordsall to Swinton to pick up his mother-in-law before hearing barking coming from the engine as he arrived home.
He was stunned to lift up the bonnet and find Betty Boop staring back at him.
Gavin and the dog’s owner Gary James, 33, hurriedly took the engine apart to free the lucky pooch, who miraculously emerged unscathed.
Gary said “We just couldn’t believe what had happened and it was even harder to believe how she’d survived.
“When I first saw her in there I thought she was bound to be injured or badly burned - but, apart from being covered in oil and a bit shaky, she was fine.
“Now she’s completely back to normal and playing with the kids as if nothing happened. I’ll definitely be keeping the front gate locked from now on.”
A growing number of dog lovers are joining a campaign to find a poodle who went missing on Merseyside before Christmas. Harvey's owners in Rainhill are devastated and are postponing their wedding until he's reunited with them because they want him to be guest of owner.
It's revealed a dog can cost £13,000 in its lifetime. An average owner in North West will spend the equivalent of a car on a pet
So it's no surprise Manchester and Liverpool have some of the highest rates of abandoned dogs in UK.
Tim Scott investigates.