Islanders are being reminded that 'a dog is for life, not just for Christmas' this festive season as the JSPCA urges them not to give animals are gifts.

The charity is encouraging prospective adopters to think long and hard before deciding to take an animal on.

Six-month-old Podenco puppy Rebel is waiting to be re-homed at the JSPCA after his owners gave him up because they were unable to cater for his needs.

However, he will not be put up for adoption until the new year as the charity does not allow animals to be given as gifts.

Debra D'Orlean says Christmas is not an ideal time to adopt an animal. Credit: ITV Channel TV

As from Sunday, we will not be taking any more requests for re-homing as Christmas is not an ideal time. We're happy to talk to you after Christmas. We do home checks, we talk about what is required to look after an animal, be it a hamster or a dog like Rebel here.

Debra D'Orlean, JSPCA