A renowned dog charity has suspended all adoptions on puppies until the beginning of January.
Dogs Trust Ireland has put a stop on all adoptions on doggos until after the festive period because it is the worst time to introduce a pup to the home.
The staff at the charity were inundated this weekend after a bunch of puppies were surrendered at their centre in Dublin.
Executive Director Suzie Carley told the Irish Independent:
It’s not something we can do all the time as we run at capacity.
They were surrendered to Dogs Trust by someone after their dog had been caught out, and they were in a situation where, unfortunately, they couldn’t keep the puppies.
The puppies will be allowed to go to new homes, but they won’t be up for adoption until after the new year.
The reason for this is the increased activity of a house during the festive period, where would-be owners can’t give their new Very Good Boy the love and attention they need.
Ms Carley added:
Every Christmas we suspend rehoming. Christmas is probably the worst time of year to introduce a dog, let alone a puppy, to a new home.
We have a very romantic notion of bringing a puppy into a household. The reality is a lot harder.
The move is being praised online as Christmas is notorious for being a time of year when people buy doggos without any real thought to the longterm commitment of having a pet.
This move encourages people to ‘paws for thought’ about just what they’re buying their family for Christmas.
Despite the mistreatment of doggos, it has been officially confirmed that they are truly man’s best friend.
Humans are more moved by the suffering of dogs than people, after a study found battered dogs elicited more empathy from the populace than abused humans.
Scientists say this may be because animals are more helpless than humans and less able to defend themselves.
In scientific evidence that people love to love the underdog, scientists described a report about an attack ‘with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant’ and each time the victim changed.
Professor Jack Levin and Professor Arnold Arluke, from Northeastern University in Boston examined the opinions of 240 people who received one of four fictional news articles.
The victim changed in each article, which read:
Arriving on the scene a few minutes after the attack, a police officer found the victim with one broken leg, multiple lacerations, and unconscious. No arrests have been made in the case.
One case concerned the beating of a one-year-old child and the second documented the abuse of an adult in his thirties. The other two were about a puppy and a six-year-old dog.
The difference in empathy between child and puppy was ‘statistically non-significant’, but the dog garnered more feeling than the adult, researchers found.
The researchers wrote:
Respondents were significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimised.
Professor Levin told the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association:
The fact adult human crime victims receive less empathy than do child, puppy, and full-grown dog victims suggests adult dogs are regarded as dependent and vulnerable not unlike their younger canine counterparts and kids.
In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full-grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies. These are animals [including cats] to which many individuals attribute human characteristics.
So if you're adopting your a dog (or any animal) this Christmas, just think about whether it really is the best thing for the pup.