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12 Puppies and Us: Dogs Trust issues warning about getting dogs at Christmas

An important message from the Dogs Trust

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12 Puppies and Us, a BBC Two series,  has captivated viewers at home.

The five-episode series documents the boom in people getting dogs during lockdown and has been a welcome cutefest amid all the doom and gloom.

However, the series also raised important questions about dog ownership and commitment of potential owners.

Dogs Trust issued a warning (Credit: BBC)

How has 12 Puppies and Us gone down with the Dogs Trust?

Dog charity, Dogs Trust, says that demand for dogs has soared during the coronavirus pandemic.

It has seen a 62 per cent increase in enquires this year from people wanting to re-home dogs, it says.

Dogs Trust has been in touch with  ED! to issue some valuable tips for those thinking about getting a pup.

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The charity told us: “We hope this year our message ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ comes across loud and clear.

“With demand at an all-time high, we would really encourage people to make sure now is the right time to welcome a dog into your family.”

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The Trust warns about commitment (Credit: Pexels)

What advice did the Dogs Trust give ED! readers?

It continued: “Dog ownership is wonderful..

“…and we’re simply asking that people are sure they are ready for the long-term commitment that comes with it.

We’re simply asking that people are sure they are ready for the long-term commitment that comes with it.

“With more people at home now because of lockdown and the festive period, they might think it’s the perfect time to get a dog.

“For some this will be the case, but we’re asking would-be owners how your life will need to change to accommodate your four-legged friend, once lockdown lifts and Christmas is over.”

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The Trust says that there has been a huge increase in enquiries (Credit: Google Maps)

“If you’ve done your research and there is still a dog-shaped space in your life, then it may be the right time for you.

“Take a look at our website, where you can find more details about all the lovely pooches currently in our care who are looking for their forever homes.”

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Dogs Trust also said that Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ increased 245 per cent in November since the first lockdown in March.

10 Puppies and US airs on BBC Two, tonight, at 8pm.

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