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Meet Billy, one of the hundreds of puppies abandoned after Christmas

A charity in Kent says the message that 'a dog is for life not just for Christmas' still isn't getting through. Hundreds of unwanted dogs, given as gifts, are still being abandoned every year.

Like 4 month old puppy Billy, who was handed in at the Dogs Trust in Canterbury yesterday.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Harriet Blaskett from the Dogs Trust Canterbury

Missy in need of a loving home

She may be small, but she has a big heart. Missy the pocket sized pincher is in need of a new home.

The timid and tiny dog is being looked after by staff at the Dog's Trust in Shoreham.

And as Mel Bloor explains, staff there have never seen anyone quite like her.


Sweet enough to eat - the puppies looking for a perfect home

Now you've heard of the Great British Bake - so here's a sweet little treat for you that is certain to leave you doughy eyed.

Yes when six orphaned pups were rescued by the Dog's Trust in Newbury they were all deemed good enough to eat so staff decided to name them after the popular baking contest.

The fifteen week old West Highland terriers are called Cupcake, Cookie, Crumble, Cinnamon, Choux and Custard Cream. Three have already found a new owner but the others are looking for the perfect ingredients for a new home.

Alfie was dumped and left to fend for himself with a broken leg

The crossbreed puppy, now named Alfie Credit: Dogs Trust

Every dog deserves their own ‘furry-tail’ ending and none more so than Jingle, who found himself cold, homeless and hungry after being abandoned just before Christmas last year.

The crossbreed puppy, now named Alfie, was just four-months-old when he was dumped and left to fend for himself in freezing conditions, despite having a badly broken leg. Miraculously, he was found in time and immediately brought to Dogs Trust’s rehoming centre in Newbury where he began to recover after vets operated to pin his broken leg.

After spending the festive season at Dogs Trust, Alfie was soon on the mend and in January this year, it was puppy love at first sight when he caught the eye of new owners Liz Bowman and Sandi Laugharne. Alfie has since gone from strength to strength and he is now looking forward to his first Christmas in a loving home.

It was so shocking to see that someone could abandon a dog in this way, especially so close to Christmas. Jingle was in a bad way when he was brought in to us last year - it’s a miracle that he was found in time. Thankfully, we were able to give him the care and treatment he needed and I’m so thrilled that he has since gone on to find the loving home he deserves. It’s important to consider the responsibility and lifelong commitment involved before bringing a dog into your home - after all, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.

– Jenny Hopkins, Rehoming Centre Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury

Lizzy the dog hoping to get lucky finding a new home

A dog named after gold medal winning, Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold is hoping to find a new home, after being abandoned at a bus stop.

Staff at the Dogs Trust in Newbury are hoping Lizzy, a one-year-old Terrier, will find a brand new home.

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager said, "We were shocked to hear that Lizzy had been abandoned at a bus stop, especially with all the flooding we have had.

"Luckily, this hasn't affected Lizzy's spirit and she is still a lovely little lass who loves to make friends with everyone she meets.

"As she is still a youngster, she would benefit from a home where she can continue her training and learn impeccable manners."

If you think you could give Lizzy a new home, please get in touch with Dogs Trust Newbury on 01488 658 391.

Lizzy the 1-year-old Terrier needs a new home Credit: Dogs Trust Newbury

Vulnerable pup left freezing in Newbury

The four-month-old puppy was abandoned in freezing conditions Credit: Dogs Trust

A four-month-old pup has been rescued in Berkshire after he was found starving and freezing.

Dogs Trust's slogan 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' is being put into practice as they are hoping to rehome the puppy.

He was found as a stray and brought to the charity’s rehoming centre in Newbury, where is recovering after vets operated to pin his broken leg.

The puppy is now being looked after by Dogs Trust Credit: Dogs Trust

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, said: "We’d really like to see him in a home as soon as possible so we’re appealing to anyone who thinks they can offer Jingle a home to call Dogs Trust Newbury directly."


Not just for Christmas

It's 20 years since the message 'A Dog is for Life - not just for Christmas' was coined. It seems it applies as much today as it did then.

A man recently returned his animal to the Dogs Trust saying "My dog keeps barking at butterflies" - another said "Its coat didn't match the furniture."

The trust hopes this year people will think twice before buying a pet as a present. David Johns has our report.