A North East dog rescue charity has warned it is nearly full as the number of people showing up to adopt dogs has “stalled” amid the cost of living crisis.
Maxi’s Mates Rescue and Rehoming Centre, which is based at Carlin Howe Farm in Dunsdale, which is an approved center for retired greyhounds, has only a few empty kennels.
“What we’re seeing is a decline in adoptions,” said administrator Jane Galliford. “People want to return dogs. We receive many calls every day for many reasons. Some people move and their owners won’t allow them to have dogs, couples break up, or people go back to work and have no one to take care of a dog. There are various reasons.
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“When we post on social media about the dogs we have for adoption, people say they are careful with their money and can’t afford the expense. It’s fine to adopt a dog but they need to have food and there are vet bills which can be expensive.
“At the moment we have 33 dogs in kennels and a lot of people want to give us dogs but we can’t because we don’t have space. We need to have room for stray dogs, but we don’t. ‘have more than two or three kennels at the moment.
The RSPCA warned this week that the most pressing threat to pet welfare at the moment is the cost of living crisis.
A survey by the charity found that 78% of pet owners said they thought the cost of living would affect their pets, 68% said they were concerned about the rising cost of pets. care and 19% worry about how they will be able to feed themselves. their pets.
Nearly a third of pet owners in the North East worry about being able to pay for their pets.
And there was a 50% increase in online searches for “giving up pets” from April 2021 to April 2022.
Jane, who set up Maxi’s Mates in 2012 alongside Michelle Cooper to breed, encourages anyone considering adopting a dog to reconsider which breeds they will consider small dogs remain popular.
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She said: ‘When we have a small dog we can usually rehom him. But the kennels are full because the medium and large dogs are forgotten. They are not relocated. Stray dogs are not claimed. We have long lists of dogs waiting to enter.
“We want people to reconsider what type of dog is right for them and think about other breeds.
“A rescue dog is a rescue dog and that is rewarding. Sometimes people want little dogs, but they can be very energetic and hyperactive. Walking with a lovely, graceful greyhound by your side is a pleasure. They are such beautiful dogs and they sleep most of the day.
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