Puppies, kittens, rabbits. They are all the perfect Christmas pet. However, animal shelters are encouraging people to take on lonely and abandoned animals this winter in a hope to reduce numbers of euthanasia and to spread the importance of adoption.
Brinsley Animal Rescue is one of the few animal rescue shelters around Nottingham who are passionate about re-homing and taking care of neglected animals – specifically farm animals such as pigs, cows, cats and rabbits.
Jon Beresford, 55, from Brinsley, Nottingham, says that over the winter period there is usually a decline in demand for animals.
He says: “Leading up to Christmas and winter, people aren’t looking to find farm animals as the cold is beginning to set in.”
“WE ARE MEANT TO BE A NATION OF ANIMAL LOVERS BUT THAT’S JUST NOT TRUE”
JON BERESFORD, BRINSLEY ANIMAL RESCUE
It is believed that puppies and kittens are the animals which are in higher demand towards Christmas time, with a high number of them being returned and abandoned once the festive period is over.
“We are meant to be a nation of animal lovers but unfortunately that’s just not true,” Jon continued.
Jon is always encouraging people not to turn to pet sellers, as they are just breeding for profit.
The Brinsley Animal Rescue is made up of volunteers and relies solely on donations from the public.
“There are tens of thousands of pets being euthanised. Pet sellers are in it just to make profit; they just want to sell the animal which has never been vaccinated.”
Jon has already had to turn away 600 animals this year, including 110 cats, 48 pigs and 33 dogs.
“We turn away animals every single day, but the problem is that we have no suggestions as to where they can go – you have to protect the animals you have already got.”
Local areas you can adopt animals from this Christmas:
- Brinsley Animal Rescue
- Bramcote Animal Rescue
- Burrowed Hearts Animal Rescue
- Robin Hood Cats Rescue