Gumtree and Dogs TrustThursday 1 December 2011, by The Media Team
Here at Gumtree.com the welfare of our furry friends is something close to our heart. We take all matters of animal and pet protection very seriously, so we’ve teamed up with the Dogs Trust to help support their ‘A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas’ campaign. Over the next few weeks you’ll see links to their advice and information across our pets category, as we help them spread the word that a dog really is for life – not just a novelty Christmas present. Clarissa Baldwin, the CEO of the Dogs Trust, has kindly written a guest blog post for us telling you more about the campaign and why it’s important. It also includes a link to a video from Dermot O’Leary giving practical advice for people looking for a pet online. We hope you find this useful, The Gumtree Team.
Buying a puppy for Christmas? Ho No No
Did you know that a third of all children put a puppy on their Christmas wish list? Or that more than one in six parents say they would buy a dog as a Christmas gift if their child asked for one?*
I have to admit that I was really disappointed to find this out when Dogs Trust did some research recently. The terrible thing is that around 100 of these dogs are handed in or abandoned at Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres every Christmas; they have becomegifts that have lost their novelty value once the excitement has worn off. Many more end up in other animal shelters around the country.
And that’s why this year, tied in with our annual message that A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas, Dogs Trust is launching the Ho No No campaign: asking people to please take puppies off the Christmas wish list
We think one of the reasons puppies are seen as suitable gifts is that they are so easily bought and sold online. Although there are many reputable sellers, we really want people to be aware of the dangers of buying an animal online and to understand why Christmas is not a great time to introduce a puppy into your home.
If you don’t do your research you could end up losing thousands of pounds if your pup turns out to be poorly, and potentially suffer the tragic heartbreak of losing your new pet unexpectedly.
Please do listen to TV presenter and Dogs Trust friend Dermot O’Leary’s specially recorded words of warning if you are looking to buy a pet online, and some of our other celebrity friends have recorded messages explaining exactly why A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas here.
Season’s greetings from all at Dogs Trust!
Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust
*Dogs Trust survey carried out by One Poll in October 2011. 1,000 respondents of parents with children aged 3 to 16 years