Pets bring joy and companionship and soon become much-loved members of the family…but potential owners must consider the commitment and money which they will have to dedicate to caring for an animal before taking the plunge and introducing a new four-legged friend into their household.
Animal welfare charity the RSPCA is urging Derbyshire families to think long and hard about the implications of pet ownership. Cheryl Hague, press officer for the organisation’s Midlands region, said: “Pets are a lifelong commitment, so we urge people to consider carefully before adopting a pet to ensure that this pet will be loved for life .
“Here at the RSPCA, we think it is incredibly important to give animals a second chance in a new home and we are extremely grateful to everyone who adopts a rescue animal at any time of year.
“However, as the famous saying goes - a pet is for life, not just for Christmas. Therefore we would urge anyone thinking of adopting a pet to consider the long-term commitment required to properly care for an animal. People should take into account whether they have the time and money to care for the animal 365 days of the year for the next 10 to 20 years.
“If you are confident that a pet is the right addition to your home, the RSPCA recommends visiting a rescue centre with all the family so they can pick a pet which will be best suited to their particular lifestyle.”
In October and November this year, the RSPCA centre in Chesterfield rehomed 147 animals. Volunteers at the base managed to find new homes for nearly 300 dogs in 2018. The rehoming centre adopted 50 animals in December last year.
Steph McCawley, supporter engagement officer for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch of the RSPCA, said: “We urge anyone thinking of adding a pet to their family to think of adopting from our Chesterfield Animal Centre on Spital Lane first where we have many dogs, who have been either abandoned or mistreated, waiting for a forever loving home. However, over the Christmas period, we want potential new owners to consider what this will mean for them especially over this busy and sometimes chaotic period.”
To contact the Chesterfield RSPCA rehoming centre, call 01246 273358 or go to https://chesterfield-rspca.org.uk