Appeal for homes for abandoned pets

Published Saturday, 04 January 2014
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A County Down animal sanctuary has made a new year appeal to help find homes for hundreds of unwanted, but very loveable pets.

Appeal for homes for abandoned pets
Appeals have been made for homes for unwanted pets. (© UTV)

Volunteers at Assisi Animal Sanctuary have said that despite the annual warnings about pets being bought as Christmas presents, many have still been abandoned come the new year.

The sanctuary, just outside Bangor, has been filled to capacity after Christmas and has around 150 animals in need of a new home.

Heather Weatherup manager at the centre told UTV: "Animals that have been abandoned are left very confused.

"One minute they are at home, they have a sofa to lie on, they have food and company and then they're just left.

"They have no idea what has happened to them."

She added: "Everybody wants the cute kitten, the fluffy puppy or the baby rabbit as a Christmas present.

"But if you did do that and now you are thinking what am I going to do? How am I going to look after the animal now everybody is back to school?

"Just don't give up, please come up and speak to us.

"We'll try and help and put something in place where you can still keep that pet because there will already be a bond.

"These animals didn't ask to be born, they didn't ask to be abandoned - humans did that to them.

"We are here to help them through that transition period.

"We'll find out as much as we can about them and we'll try and place them in the best home that is suitable for them and the family in hope that for the rest of the animals life they have a fantastic time."

© UTV News
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21 Comments
Doire Abu in Doire wrote (206 days ago):
God bless all you who take on rescued animals . I would love to keep animals at home but work away so i dont . If you cant take on an animal , just dont !
K in Hillsborough wrote (206 days ago):
Actually Paul in Newtownabbey I am vegetarian and vegan, and wrong again I would consider myself an animal lover, I have two dogs (both from Animal re-homing shelters) a cat, two rabbits also from animal shelters, and have helped out practically and financially with some local and other animal charities, so I think I would consider myself an animal lover, not just a dog lover.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (206 days ago):
Im going to get a dog from one of these sanctuaries and give it a new home and better quality of life and i'd advise others who want a dog to do the same, don't pay hundreds of pounds to private breeders while you can give an unwanted dog a new home because these animals deserve a better life.
Paul Campbell in Newtownabbey wrote (206 days ago):
To k in hills borough you say you are an animal lover lots of people say this yet still eat them I think it means you're just a dog lover
jamie in belfast wrote (206 days ago):
I called Assisi last year to enquire about rehoming a pup and was told by a lady who answered the call that as I had a toddler I wasn't suitable to rehome a dog, even though we have had a rescue dog in the past !! We decided to contact the NCDL and they opened us with open arms, we now have a healthy and happy 18 month old dog who is treated better than I am :)
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