A Kent dogs’ home is seeing a steady increase of unwanted pets shortly after each festive season ends. The number of dogs and cats being dumped at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in Brands Hatch has almost tripled since 2011 – a rise of 70%.
January and April remain the centre’s busiest months, as those who impulsively buy pets as Christmas gifts realise that they cannot take on the responsibility.
Michelle Bevan, rehoming and welfare manager at Battersea Brands Hatch, said:
“When I started work here I was surprised to find out how many people still buy their dogs from a man down the pub. Unfortunately, people still think they’re helping … but it doesn’t always work out. The dogs can be from an disreputable source and they are often not a right match for the owner. You need to make the decision with your head, and not just your heart. You need to think about what financially you can give a dog, the amount of time you can give them day-to-day.”by