‘Don’t give animals as gifts’ plea by The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green

Charles and Chelsea were an unwanted Christmas gift

Charles and Chelsea were an unwanted Christmas gift - Credit: Archant

An animal charity is asking people not to give pets as presents after a pair of unwanted Christmas gifts have ended up in their care.

Shih-Tzu puppies Charles and Chelsea arrived at the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, days after the festivities ended.

The cute pair, who cost £600, have since been rehomed but the Mayhew fear they will take in many more unwanted animals given as gifts.

A spokeswoman said: “Once the novelty of having a puppy or kitten for Christmas is over animal rescue centres may well have to deal with a long list of young dogs and cats that are no longer a joy but have become an unwelcome burden.

“The Mayhew works the year round to promote responsible pet ownership and to ensure that potential owners understand that taking on a family pet is not to be taken lightly.”

For more information about The Mayhew visit www.themayhew.org.