A charity which cares for abused, mistreated and neglected dogs says it is bracing itself for the arrival of more unwanted Christmas pets.
SHAK (Safe Home and Kindness) was established in 2006 and has cared for hundreds of abandoned and ill-treated animals.
But despite decades of pre-Christmas campaigns centred around the slogan that “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” the charity says many people are still not listening.
“I don’t think people get the message.,” she said.
“You see a lot going around buying puppies for Christmas and they turn into a bigger dog which might make a mess and has to be trained,” said Joan Austin from SHAK.
The annual influx of unwanted pets started at the beginning of January and SHAK’s kennels remain full unless it can find foster homes.
Joan contacted The All-in-One Company – which makes onesies - after hearing about its offer to provide free blankets for charities.
Kate Dawson, The All-in-One Company’s director and founder, said: “We’d all sat down and thought of beneficial ways to use all the larger pieces of remnant fabric we have.”
“We’re all animal lovers so we were of course only too happy to help,” she added.