AS the new year gets underway a Seaford-based charity is calling on the community to help give a home to a rescue dog.
Sue Phillips, who set up Seaford Dog Rescue (SDR) with Lucy Dunk, says similar organisations across the country will be incredibly busy at this time of year due to people surrendering their pets just before Christmas.
She said, “A puppy is a lifetime commitment and not a decision to be made lightly.
“Puppies are extremely cute but very quickly grow to an adult dog needing a lot of care and attention. They cannot be tossed to one side like a toy when you’re bored of them.”
Sue and Lucy decided to set up the charity and get foster families on board so the four-legged animals could be temporarily re-homed before a long-term solution was found.
But with the festive season over Seaford Dog Rescue and other charities could find themselves inundated with unwanted puppies bought as a Christmas present.
The team has around 20 volunteers helping with tasks such as fundraising and transport but SDR is always keen for more to come on board, as well as looking for people that might be willing to give a dog a temporary or permanent home.
Sue added, “If you have done your research and are certain you can offer a loving forever home for a dog, then please try to consider homing a rescue dog first, it can be very rewarding.
“Or if you would like to help these dogs in need, in other ways we very gratefully accept donations of food, collars leads, bowls etc.
“We also hold regular fund- raising events and all types of resaleable items are gratefully received, so any unwanted Christmas gifts can be used for a great cause.”
For more details visit www.seaforddogrescue.co.uk or call 492219.
GILLY is a very sweet two-year-old Lurcher found as a stray. She is quite shy but very laid back and quiet, with such a sweet nature and appears to be OK with other dogs. Gilly is fine with children but not yet cat tested.
SPOT, a six-year-old Labrador Dalmatian cross, is epileptic but only has a seizure, at present, twice a year, so is not on medication. He is fine with other dogs but due to his clumsiness it is preferred he is homed with children over 10.
REGGIE is a Labrador who is great with kids and other dogs and appears fine with cats. He is very loveable, full of fun but extremely energetic, strong and over-excitable.
HOLLIE is a very small staffie, approximately two-years-old. She would be best as an only dog as she would love people’s undivided attention. She would not be good with cats and would be better with children aged over seven. She’s tiny but has a huge, very loving character and is full of fun.