Animal Rescue Centre Faces Rise In Unwanted Pets
8:49am 28th December 2013
They've taken in the largest number of unwanted pets ever this year and heading into 2014 the oldest and largest animal rescue charity in Dorset says they'll be overflowing.
Margaret Green Animal Rescue have two centres in Dorset, in Blandford and near Wareham, and one in Devon, and according to Louise Keeling, who works for the charity, there's already a waiting list for unwanted pets who need spaces.
We spoke to Louise who says Christmas is always their busiest period, however she added that this year in general they had been extremely busy taking in unwanted pets, "Our numbers, in terms of animals that have been signed over to us this year, have been higher than ever before. Christmas is always a difficult time, a lot of people get puppies and other pets for Christmas and don't realise how difficult it can be, and they might turn it out on to the street or decide they want to sign the animal over to us."
She continued saying, "It's a massive strain for us, we don't receive any Government funding, we rely really heavily on the public to help us rescue and rehome the huge amount of animals that come to us every year. The more animals, the more vet bills, the more heating bills, the more care... it just goes on and on really."