DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Four legged friend or furry fad

Dogs Trust reveals shocking reasons for dogs being handed into its care

We all know ‘A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas’, but it seems that many existing dog owners are finding the most bizarre reasons to dump their dogs. From not matching the sofa, to wanting to exchange it for a smaller one, sadly Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, today reveals that dogs of all shapes and sizes are being handed in apparently just for being dogs.

Over the last 12 months, Dogs Trust has cared for over 16,000 dogs and many have been handed in to the charity’s network of 18 rehoming centres in the UK for a wealth of reasons from the ludicrous to the downright strange. Shockingly, someone gave their dog up because he did not look like the one online, a chilling reminder that dogs and pets are increasingly being purchased and sold online with very little thought. With Christmas fast approaching, the charity is now bracing itself for the influx of unwanted ‘presents’ that will also be handed into the already overflowing rehoming centres.

Some of the strangest handover reasons:

• “My dog doesn’t look like what he did on the website”
• “The dog keeps barking at butterflies”
• “My dog was too old and no longer brought me any joy”
• “It hurts my back to pick up my dog’s poop”
• “My dog doesn’t match the sofa”
• “I need a smaller dog”
• “My dog can’t walk on the lino in my house”
• “My dog keeps passing wind”
• “He wouldn’t fit in my handbag or wear the outfit I bought him”
• “My dog doesn’t like me (after 24 hours)”
• “He isn’t as cute as when I first got him”
• “He can’t do any tricks”
• “He snores really loudly”
• “He was too big for my house”
• “He keeps scaring the goldfish”
• “The dog gets too much attention”
• “He barked” (the potential adopters had only got to the carpark)
• “He smells, of dog”

Says Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust CEO:

“This year sees the 34th anniversary of Dogs Trust’s iconic slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and sadly it’s as true today as when it was first coined. We see a number of dogs handed into our rehoming centres in the days and weeks following Christmas when the appeal of a cute puppy has worn off. It seems that people are still giving puppies as Christmas presents without considering the long term ramifications. Dogs can provide a world of happiness and enjoyment, and we urge anyone considering a new addition to the family to think it through properly and remember that the only place a puppy should be is on the outside of the wrapping paper, not inside it.”

Case studies:
Dogs Trust Canterbury have recently had two Chihuahuas handed into the centre because their owners said they “didn’t fit in with their party lifestyle”. The four year old Chihuahuas are now looking for a new home together. Anyone interested should call Dogs Trust Canterbury on 01227 792 505.

Four year old Terrier, Kirk, was handed into Dogs Trust Harefield in West London as his owners’ felt he got too excited when he was taken for walks. Kirk is now looking for an adult only home where his new owners will have the time to spend keeping him occupied and playing games. Please call Dogs Trust Harefield on 0845 076 3647.

To help prevent people giving dogs as a Christmas present Dogs Trust centres do not rehome dogs between 22nd – 29th December (22nd December – 2nd January in Glasgow and West Calder). Potential owners can visit and reserve a dog, but will not be able to take it home until after the festivities. As well as caring for the abandoned dogs over the Christmas period over 365 Dogs Trust staff will continue their jobs caring for the 1,600 dogs in their care.

To find out more about the work of Dogs Trust or how you can get involved please visit


276 - put a stop in your dog walk and anxiety in dogs and children

Don't rush around the dog walk - stop! Pennie Clayton suggests we pause and just be! You and your dog will benefit. Author Hillary Harper talks about her anxious dog, and the children's book she has written to help children and dogs who have anxiety. Julie has been collaborating with photographer Sarah Loveland to celebrate Tripawd Superdogs. And last - but definitely not least - Diamond the Papillon puppy has joined the DogCast Radio family.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.