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

PUBLISHED: 16:43 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:45 10 January 2014

Charles and Chelsea were an unwanted Christmas gift

Charles and Chelsea were an unwanted Christmas gift


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.”

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