A STRIKING street art campaign has been launched in Leeds to make people think twice about buying a puppy for Christmas.
The Dogs Trust charity is reinforcing the message that a pet is for life and not just for Christmas by putting up 12 artworks on city walls across the country.
The charity’s research revealed that at this time of year there is a boom in online puppy sales. The artwork presents a dog in gift wrap who quotes a reason why it has been abandoned.
Each reason is a genuine excuse given to Dogs Trust staff in the past by irresponsible owners who no longer wish to care for their dogs.
A wall at Vicar Lane car park in Leeds is splashed with a basset hound design and the quote “I’m worried our toddler will copy him and poo in the garden”.
The launch of the campaign marks the two week period when traffic to internet sites that sell puppies peaks, as the build up to Christmas intensifies.
Dogs Trust Leeds’s Rehoming Centre Manager, Amanda Sands, said: “We are hoping that people looking to buy a puppy for Christmas on a whim might think more carefully about the commitment needed to care for a dog throughout its lifetime. Each year, we see dogs abandoned in and around the Christmas period, as dogs bought impulsively as a gift no longer hold the same excitement and the reality of the commitment needed starts to kick in. We see this campaign as an effective way to remind people of the seriousness of owning a dog.”
NO EXCUSE IS ENOUGH
The excuses given by owners who abandon their dogs quoted in the designs also include:
“He looked different after we walked him in the rain”,
“He was too loving and needed too much attention”,
“He’s too playful - we haven’t sat down since we got him”,
“My dog is old and going to die soon”,
“He wags his tail too much”,
“He kept coughing in the night and woke me up” and “All the puppy did was sleep”