A VETERINARY practice is urging new pet owners to consider various options before giving up on their new family member.
With some pets once again being abandoned following the festive period, staff at Blythman and Partners, which has a surgery in Wallsend, say owners should speak to an expert before giving their animals to a shelter.
They advise potential owners to wait until after Christmas before getting any pet as it is the wrong time to bring a new cat or dog into a home.
Graham Chambers, senior partner at Blythman and Partners, said: “This year we have witnessed an abundance of new puppies and kittens coming in for vaccinations and treatments.
“Whilst we realise it is lovely to wake up Christmas Day to a new furry member of the family, people must hold off for a few weeks for their own sake and the animals.
“If an owner is struggling to look after their pet then they can visit one of the Blythman and Partners branches where a member of staff will be more than happy to discuss ways to help them handle the situation easier and the other options available, so shelters become a last resort.”
Leyla Rutter, chief executive of Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, in Longbenton, said: “At Christmas we always witness an increase in the number of abandoned animals, and this year has been no different.
“Every year we discourage the public from adopting a pet at Christmas, as it is completely the wrong time to introduce an animal to a new family and environment.”
For more details call (0191) 456 4209 or visit www.blythmanandpartners.co.uk