68% increase in people surrendering dogs

Petfix Club
16th October 2020 - 2 min read

Dogs Trust are concerned about the increase in surrender requests from members of the public.

The number of cases of people wanting to surrender their dogs has risen to a 68% increase over the past two months. 187 requests have been made to Dogs Trust by pet owners who no longer want their animal.

This news comes as a terrier cross was found tied to railings beside a busy road, close to the Dogs Trust centre in Finglas. Thankfully, the dog (Beans) was spotted by a passenger in a passing van and immediately taken to us where it was discovered he was not microchipped.

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Beans the Dog! (Source: Dogs Trust)

Eimear Cassidy, Assistant Manager, Dogs Trust Ireland explains: “We don’t know how long ‘Beans’ was tied to the railings for. It’s such a busy road, so the poor little man must have been petrified, not to mention being traumatised at being abandoned by whoever left him there. It had also been raining and as he was beside a big puddle, he was soaked to the skin. When we got him into our centre, we christened him Beans as he’s a bit of ‘Heinz 57’ and he’s full of beans, with such a lovely character. We are very confident we will quickly find the perfect home for him as he’s such a smashing dog”.

The Veterinary team in Dogs Trust examined the dog and found that he is approximately four years of age and appears to be in good health. The reason he was abandoned still remains unknown.

Karla Dunne, Head of Operations, Dogs Trust Ireland continues“We would appeal to anyone who is having any difficulty with their dog to please contact us. We may not be in a position to take in every dog we are asked to, but we do our very best to help everybody that calls us. We are now offering online Dog School training classes so you can take part, no matter where you live in the country. Our ultimate aim is to try and keep as many dogs happy in their existing homes, but we recognise, for a number of reasons, this is not always possible. We are not here to judge; we just want to avoid situations like ‘Beans’ happening again.”