Animal welfare body braced to receive unwanted cats and dogs

Wiltshire Times: Bath Cats and Dogs Home’s Alex Shortridge and Nicky Cragg with greyhounds Tess and Chloe Bath Cats and Dogs Home’s Alex Shortridge and Nicky Cragg with greyhounds Tess and Chloe

Animal welfare charity the Bath Cats and Dogs Home has launched its Christmas campaign, A Home For Life, Not Just Christmas, urging people not to give pets as gifts this year.

The home, which looks after unwanted, neglected or mistreated pets, is bracing itself to work around the clock caring for festive feline and canine casualties, with December and January its busiest months.

The doors at Bath’s biggest animal charity will be open as normal from 11am to 4pm every day throughout the festive season, but will remain closed to the public on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Although a branch of the RSPCA, the home does not receive financial support from the organisation for the £1.5m required every year to keep it running, so relies on donations and fundraising from the local community.

Karen Ethier, animal care and welfare delivery manager, said: “It doesn’t matter how often we say it, people still go out and buy cute-looking puppies and kittens as presents, only then to discover they grow into full-size pets with a healthy appetite, exercise on the brain and a vet’s bill the size of your overdraft.

“For example, we have a Staffordshire bull terrier called Milly who was born on Christmas Day and brought in to us for rehoming shortly afterwards.

“She was so neglected and stressed she came in to us with no fur. Now 12 months on, her fur has completely grown back and she’s back on the mend.

“Giving an animal a good home is an act of kindness and a lifetime of commitment and not an act of kindness that’s exclusive to just one day of the year.”

The Bath-based charity, in existence since 1937, always runs at full capacity on a one-in-one-out basis, which means every penny counts and kennel and cattery spaces are at a premium.

To donate call Bath Cats and Dogs Home on (01225) 787334 or visit www.bcdh.org.uk/donate_today

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7:20pm Mon 23 Dec 13

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

this advice might well apply to dimwits who might give a dog/cat as a gift to someone who is not expecting it or wants it, but surely there are few folk who genuinely would fill a. need with such a gift and can demostrate a good home and likely good care
this advice might well apply to dimwits who might give a dog/cat as a gift to someone who is not expecting it or wants it, but surely there are few folk who genuinely would fill a. need with such a gift and can demostrate a good home and likely good care The.Central.Scrutinizer

10:44pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

If the Dogs Home believes people are still giving puppies and kittens as Xmas presents, and then the recipients give up on these animals when they realise they grow into full size pets, how does it follow that December and January are its busiest months? How many puppies or kittens given in December are full grown by January?
If the Dogs Home believes people are still giving puppies and kittens as Xmas presents, and then the recipients give up on these animals when they realise they grow into full size pets, how does it follow that December and January are its busiest months? How many puppies or kittens given in December are full grown by January? Mrs Donnyfly

11:52am Tue 24 Dec 13

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

Mrs D'fly queried heightened activity during Dec and Jan.
Perhapsd it is due to the dumping of last years pets having received a new one from a dimwit relative or friend.
Mrs D'fly queried heightened activity during Dec and Jan. Perhapsd it is due to the dumping of last years pets having received a new one from a dimwit relative or friend. The.Central.Scrutinizer

5:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

I wouldn't mind the one on the left for christmas, once she's brushed her hair and taken those wellies off.
I wouldn't mind the one on the left for christmas, once she's brushed her hair and taken those wellies off. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

2:53pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Daytona2 says...

The.Central.Scrutini
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this advice might well apply to dimwits who might give a dog/cat as a gift to someone who is not expecting it or wants it, but surely there are few folk who genuinely would fill a. need with such a gift and can demostrate a good home and likely good care
It would be a huge assumption on the part of the giver to give someone a pet. That's a really bad way of doing it. I would be horrified if someone did that to me, even though I could likely give it a good home. The potential owner should be free to choose, and to get to know, a pet, not be given one.
[quote][p][bold]The.Central.Scrutini zer[/bold] wrote: this advice might well apply to dimwits who might give a dog/cat as a gift to someone who is not expecting it or wants it, but surely there are few folk who genuinely would fill a. need with such a gift and can demostrate a good home and likely good care[/p][/quote]It would be a huge assumption on the part of the giver to give someone a pet. That's a really bad way of doing it. I would be horrified if someone did that to me, even though I could likely give it a good home. The potential owner should be free to choose, and to get to know, a pet, not be given one. Daytona2

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