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Charity Urges Shoppers Not To Buy Pets As Presents

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Published at 8:36am 19th December 2014.

Dorset's oldest and largest animal rescue charity are asking you not to buy a pet as a present this Christmas.

The Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre have told us that the number of unwanted animals they're having to take in is going up every year, and in December they are often full to capacity.

We spoke to Lucy Compton from the charity who wanted to put this message out, "A dog or a cat might be with you for the next twenty years, so it's not a decision to be taken lightly. Think about it, where are you going to be in the next twenty years, will it fit in with your lifestyle, or does the person you're buying the pet for want an animal, will it fit in with their lifestyle? We would recommend not buying a pet for Christmas."

She added that the charity are running a appeal to treat the animals they are currently looking after, "We're asking people to fill up an old shoebox with tasty toys and treats for a dog, or a cat, or any other animal, maybe a rabbit or a guinea pig, if they can, and bring it to one of our centres or drop off points, and we'll make sure every single animal has it's own present to open on Christmas Day."

For more information head to their website: www.margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk

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