Rescue of Welsh dogs in crisis as owners force shelters to ‘take responsibility for their mistakes’


A Flintshire dog rescue has closed to new takes as it is about to exceed capacity.

Almost Home Dog Rescue, near Mold, is struggling to cope with the brunt of the post-lockdown puppy pandemic.

It has been estimated that 3.2 million pets were purchased during the lockdown – and an alarming percentage of them are now being placed in rescues as the country returns to ‘normal’.

A spokesperson for Almost Home Dog Rescue said on Facebook: “People are calling out for us to take responsibility for their mistakes, it’s overwhelming.”

Read more: Welsh rescue centers fill with unsold puppies as lockdown demand ends

It is the second time in the rescue center’s five-year history that it has been forced to close its doors to new admissions, excluding dogs in serious danger or who would otherwise be sleeping.

The spokesperson added: “We are packed and just need to close our doors to get the situation under control.

“It’s because people buy or adopt dogs, make promises to the dog and to ourselves, and then give up.”

The rescue center says other problems stem from adopters lying about their situation to be matched with a dog, which only adds pressure on the repatriation network.

Gnasher is believed to be around 10 years old and has an old injury which vets believe may have been caused by badger hunting.

Almost Home Dogs Rescue has since deleted its Facebook post, saying it received negative comments in response.

The spokesperson said: “The message was simply to say that as a very small rescue we are at crisis point.

“Full kennels and full foster homes and cannot accommodate any more.

“I think people assume we can just take a dog and immediately place it with them, which is absolutely not the case.”

It comes just days after the rescue took in an unclaimed poundie, called Gnasher, who was found in a broken chain.

Gnasher is believed to be around 10 years old and has an old injury which vets believe may have been caused by badger hunting.

He is now in one of the foster homes at the dog shelter and is taking life in his stride after starting out a bit shy. Gnasher showed no aggression, is good with people and ignores other dogs.

He needs a new home to spoil him and take him for daily walks after a rough start to life – but isn’t ready for adoption just yet.

Almost Home Dog Rescue isn’t the only Welsh shelter to have reached ‘breaking point’, as Hope Rescue and Friends of the Animals at Rhondda Cynon Taf have also struggled under the weight of the puppy pandemic.

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