The Dogs Trust in Bridgend says over 600 dogs arrived at the centre last year - a record high.
Staff believe the struggling economy has played a part, but added many people simply don't realise the time and money needed to care properly for a pet.
They have urged would-be owners to think long and hard before committing to a dog.
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It is going to stay fine and dry through the night with light winds.
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There have been four deaths on the M4 in just the last eight days following crashes between Swansea and Newport.