Pets who have lost their homes forever through no fault of their own just need a chance, because they will have yet another Christmas to the rescue.

More than a dozen dogs and cats are set to spend their third or fourth Christmas at Freshfields Animal Rescue, Ince Blundell, as rescue center staff, says an inbound influx of unwanted pets, mixed with those who cannot be relocated, triggers disturbing moments.

The lockdown has resulted in millions of pets being purchased or adopted across the UK, but as the country slowly returns to normal and families return to work, a change in circumstances means good many of these beloved animals end up being abandoned.

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Unfortunately, some animals have a harder time finding a happy ending than others due to their age or persistent medical or behavioral issues.

Nine-year-old lurcher Danny is just a four-legged friend who came to the rescue four years ago after problems with custody of food.

He is described as a “loving, loyal and affectionate dog” who deserves the chance to have a happy home.

Danny was taken in as a puppy in 2012 and had been living in his family home for almost five years, but in 2017 he found his way back to the rescue center.

Although he has no medical issues, staff say Danny is one of the oldest dogs at the rescue center and has seen many kennel friends come and go before him.

Nine-year-old Akita Suki is also among the dogs who will see another Christmas come and go at Freshfields after being taken into care following a domestic violence situation.

Eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Rikki was taken into the rescue service after a relationship breakdown, and again, despite his good health, he simply cannot find his home forever.

Debbie Hughes, communications, said these dogs, like many, are very often overlooked, but will never give up on the animals that come through their doors.



Danny at the Freshfields Rescue Center

With a no-kill policy, Debbie said he already has many animals in their care, unable to find their forever homes, but they fear over the next few weeks an increase in unwanted “pets”. that they already are. seeing.

She told ECHO: “We don’t put a healthy dog ​​to sleep, but that means he often spends years in rescue centers because he can’t find a home.

“Millions of dogs were brought to homes last year and unfortunately some are finding their way to us as we speak. We know these locked up dogs are on their way to us.

“We will be there for these dogs, but if we can find homes for the ones we already have care for, that makes things a little easier. Sometimes circumstances change and people cannot take care of the animals, we don’t judge.

“We are here for the animals but we expect an influx in the coming weeks.”



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Freshfields has since launched a Christmas appeal to make it the last Christmas for these animals who are “constantly being overlooked for adoption.”

With over £ 15,000 already raised, this will be matched with the generosity of local businesses and individuals in the community.

Helen Stanbury, Director of Freshfields, said: ‘It is more important than ever to free up space in our rescue center – during the UK lockdown, 3.2 million’ new pets’ were there for us .

“Now, due to the changing circumstances of their owners, they are losing their homes and facing an uncertain future. We need to be there for them and move the animals with us today to the loving homes they deserve.

“It breaks our hearts that dogs like Rikki are spending another Christmas with us when what we desperately want for them is a cozy fireside and a warm lap in their own home.”



Suki with her Christmas elf, looking for her forever home
Suki with her Christmas elf, looking for her forever home

The money raised through the appeal will help bring these animals into their permanent homes, helping to break down the barriers that prevent this – financial barriers.

Debbie told ECHO that very often people are dissuaded from adopting a dog with medical issues to pay the medical bills, but the charity can help fund those bills or travel costs because the only obstacle is is often financial.

By relocating the current pets to the center, combined with the hope of raising £ 30,000, it is hoped that over the next three years more than 400 new pets can be helped.

Debbie added: “We always say adopt, not buy and we want to buy our lovely pets in this call. It breaks our hearts that dogs like this are having another Christmas to the rescue when with a little bit of energy. extra help, they could be in a love domicile.



Playful rikki with his ball
Playful rikki with his ball

“We want to break down those barriers. We can help with things like drugs, help with adaptation, the cost of transportation to vets. We just need someone to give these handsome a chance. animals.

“The financial impact is a major obstacle. We realized that the only thing standing in the way of these pets is the cost. We can help, we can make it happen.

“Even the most caring rescue centers are no substitute for a loving home. Some of these dogs have seen their kennel mates leave before them.”

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the beloved doggies in search of their forever home or to donate can do so online.

Debbie said, “We would like to thank the community for their support over the years. We have been here for 40 years and it is a challenge that we can meet together.

“There is nothing we cannot accomplish if we work together. Next year, instead of wishing them a Merry Christmas, we want to see pictures of them by the fireside in their new homes. “

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