A Waterford-based Animal Welfare Advocate says there are a number of things people should consider before bringing a new pet home this Christmas.
Andrew Quinn is with Waterford Animal Welfare.
He says Christmas can be a difficult time to introduce a new animal to the household.
He says the Waterford Animal Welfare Group will see a spate of abandoned animals after Christmas.
Dogs Trust ask you to consider the following if you want a puppy:
Owning a dog is a lifetime commitment. The average dog lives for 13 years.
You should expect to spend around €10,000 over his lifetime depending on the size of the dog.
Puppies can be extremely hard work for an owner, particularly if there are young children in the house, do you have enough time to spend with your pup?
Dogs don’t come fully trained. They can cause a lot of damage to your possessions through chewing and accidents. How committed are you to training your dog?
Christmas is always a very hectic time of year with relatives and friends arriving. This isn’t the best time to introduce your new dog to the house.