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Puppy love Dogs Trust urgently seeking fosters after almost 300 dogs surrendered since Christmas

There has been a 73% increase in surrender requests

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Maggie, a five-month-old Spaniel puppy who was surrendered to Dogs Trust Ireland

Maggie, a five-month-old Spaniel puppy who was surrendered to Dogs Trust Ireland

Maggie, a five-month-old Spaniel puppy who was surrendered to Dogs Trust Ireland

Dogs Trust Ireland has appealed for foster homes for pooches after they received 297 surrender requests after Christmas. 

The charity has said that figure is a 73% increase on the number of requests they received the previous year and they are receiving an average of eight surrender requests per day.

Dogs Trust highlighted the case of Maggie, a five-month-old Spaniel puppy who was surrendered after she was wrongly advertised as a hypoallergenic Poodle cross-breed.

But when Maggie’s new family’s allergies flared up when she arrived, she had to be surrendered to the Dogs Trust, who were then able to pass her on for adoption.

Ciara Byrne, Head of Communications at Dogs Trust Ireland said: “While many of the people who contact us do so because of extenuating circumstances, sadly many are telling us they underestimated the commitment dog ownership involves.”

“We are also continuing to see victims of unscrupulous breeders and families being ‘dog fished’ as misleading and often illegal online advertisements continue.”

“Dogs are often advertised as being ‘hypoallergenic’ but as the causes of individual’s allergies can vary, no dog can be said to be 100% hypoallergenic, even if the breed or crossbreed doesn’t shed very much or the dog doesn’t have much or any hair.”

Speaking of the trust’s urgent appeal, Fostering Coordinator at Dogs Trust Ireland, Kate Horgan, said: “We are urgently appealing for foster homes across the country."

"Fostering not only provides invaluable experience in caring for a dog but it plays a fundamental role in helping the most vulnerable dogs get back on their paws and gives them a better chance of finding their forever home, an incredibly rewarding experience for any dog lover.”

“If you are over 18, have access to dog friendly transport for vet visits and meeting potential adopters, a secure garden and time to temporarily care for a dog in need, we would love to hear from you.”

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