Dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust is appealing to the public carefully consider if rehoming a dog in the present climate is the right thing to do, especially if their lifestyle changes when lockdown lifts.
Since lockdown began on March 23rd, Google searches on the term ‘buy a puppy’ has increased by 120%. Data compiled by Propellernet, a digital marketing agency, shows that online searches for the phrase ‘adopt a puppy’ rose by 133% in the same period.
Dogs Trust has spoken of their concern that when lockdown is eased, there may be a rise in the amount of people no longer wanting their dogs.
To raise awareness, Dogs Trust has made a slight alteration to its slogan “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, changing it to “A dog is for life, not just for lockdown”.
The charity is encouraging would-be adopters to take an online quiz to ascertain whether they are “dog-ready”.
“Dog ownership can be so rewarding, but it’s also a huge responsibility which is why we are reminding people today that ‘a dog is for life, not just for lockdown’,” commented Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust chief executive.
“Like Christmas, when people are at home more, they might think now is the perfect time to get a dog. For some people this will be the case, but we’re asking people to consider when the lockdown lifts how your life will need to change to accommodate your four-legged friend.”
Sharp went on to explain how the online test includes questions asking whether prospective dog owners are ready to take on the role of “chief pooper scooper”, and if they are prepared to commit to “vet treatment and preparing for emergencies”.
Presenter and dog-owner, Graham Norton, stated that anyone considering adopting a four-legged friend would “still have to walk a dog on a rainy evening, and pick up their poo in the dark”.
“Please remember that life will go back to ‘normal’ at some point with people returning to work and school, and when this happens you need to think about whether you can still fit a dog into your life,” the broadcasting personality concluded.