Thursday 22 February 2018

DSPCA asks you to 'Adopt, Don't Buy' this Christmas

Santa will also be at the DSPCA centers to meet excited children

Aishling Phelan

Every year parents buy pets for their children as an exciting surprise on Christmas morning, with many of these vulnerable animals later being left abandoned.

This year the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking families to adopt a pet so it will be properly cared for and receive the TLC it deserves.

‘‘We have a fostering programme where animals that are here in the DSPCA need a bit extra TLC,’’ said Head of Education & Media DSPCA Gillian Bird.

‘‘We ask the volunteers to take the animals into their home, we provide all the things they need their food, the litter for the cats, all the cages, everything they need,’’ she added.

The Christmas campaign, ‘Adopt Don’t Buy’ encourages the public not to go online or to a breeder to buy their pets.

‘‘Come to a rescue centre, come to something like the DSPCA and look at the animals we have available for homes,’’ she added.

Each year the DSPCA receives more than 80,000 phone calls from the public, responds to more than 10,000 emergency calls and rehomes thousands of animals and wildlife.

One DSPCA worker explained the process of adopting an animal.

"Just contact here, they're very good. They will walk you through everything you have to do, what food they need and any care they need,'' she said.

If the gorgeous little guys needing homes isn't enough reason to call to the DSPCA center this Christmas, Santa will be available there to meet children and can be booked here.


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