Remember a dog is for life and not just for Christmas

Luna, who needs a new home
Luna, who needs a new home

A dog re-homing charity near Scarborough is bracing itself for a seasonal surge in abandoned dogs.

Cliff Top Boarding Kennels in Burniston takes in around 450 “found” dogs every year, with numbers particularly high in the run-up to Christmas and into the New Year.

It says financial pressures or a change in circumstances are often significant factors when people decide to dump their dogs, with Scarborough Council’s dog warden service and ultimately taxpayers also left to share the tab.

Cliff Top Boarding Kennels and the council have joined forces to put out a seasonal message, calling on people not to view dogs as fashionable Christmas accessories, but as companions for life, as the charity desperately seeks new “forever” homes for the latest intake of abandoned puppies.

Aptly named Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and Blitzen by staff at the kennels, the puppies are thought to be German Shepherd cross breed, aged between eight and 10 weeks.

The charity also has a Staffordshire bull terrier called Luna it has been looking to re-home since August.

Suzanna Douglass from Cliff Top Boarding Kennels said: “Luna is lovely natured, but unfortunately we have not had much interest in her simply because she is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and there are a lot of misconceptions about the breed.

“She is friendly with a great temperament who loves going for walks and, while she gets on well with other dogs, she can be a bit too playful and boisterous for some quieter dogs.

“The puppies we’re looking after are very cute right now and it may be tempting to look at them as the perfect gift, but we want to give these pups the best chance we possibly can at finding a ‘forever home’.”

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