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Bath rescue centre warns of rise in abandoned animals over Christmas season

Credit: Bath Cats and Dogs Home

An animal rescue centre in Bath is reporting a rise in the number of calls they receive from owners unable to cope with their pets over Christmas.

Bath Cats and Dogs Home says reasons include increased financial pressure over the festive period, visiting relatives who are nervous of animals or owners who are going away for long periods of time.

Freddie the Great Dane is one of the dogs who was left with the centre this Christmas. Despite being underweight, he's a healthy dog and is staying at Bath Cats and Dogs Home until he regains his confidence and can find his "forever home".

Freddie is now being cared for after being abandoned by his owners Credit: Bath Cats and Dogs Home

The animal shelter is now appealing for donations as a part of their winter appeal.

Young Vixen is one of a litter of puppies left with the centre this season. Each young dog has been named after one of Santa's reindeer.

Vixen, one of several puppies who will be lonely this Christmas Credit: Bath Cats and Dogs Home

The animal centre says many animals will have an "unhappy time" over Christmas.

Whilst the rest of us are looking forward to celebrating and spending time with loved ones, many animals will be experiencing an unsettled and unhappy time as owners realise they simply can’t cope with an added commitment at Christmas.

Bath Cats and Dogs home will always prioritise those animals most in need but as soon as we re-home one animal we always have another on our doorstep.

– Maddie Doyle, Animal Intake Manager

The shelter costs £1.3m a year to run and is funded entirely by donations.