MPs ‘PAWS FOR THOUGHT’ THIS CHRISTMAS
TO MARK 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC DOGS TRUST SLOGAN
Tuesday 10th December, MPs attended an event in Westminster
organised by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to raise
awareness of its annual Christmas campaign.
event celebrated the 35th anniversary of the iconic Dogs Trust
slogan; A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas”. The phrase was coined in
1978 by the charity’s CEO, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, in a bid to highlight the
issue of dogs being given as Christmas gifts, and indeed all year round, and
later abandoned when the novelty wears off.
MPs were given the opportunity to take a festive
Dogs Trust sleigh ride and meet a large number of furry friends. These pooches,
however, were all stuffed toys – the only suitable kind of dog to give as a
gift! Attendees also learned more about the charity’s annual campaign, which
encourages people to pause and think carefully before taking on a dog,
especially during the festive season.
Roger Gale MP, who owns two Newfoundlands and, with his
wife Suzy, is currently hosting an ageing Labrador, said:
I am delighted to support Dogs Trust
and help the charity mark the 35th anniversary of its famous slogan,
which is as important now as it ever has been. A dog is a lifetime commitment
and should never be bought on impulse as if it were a new television or a pair
of shoes. This message is particularly poignant during the festive season, when
people are buying all sorts of gifts on a whim without necessarily considering
the consequences. I would urge anyone thinking of buying a dog or puppy as a
Christmas present to ‘paws’ before doing so, and remember that A Dog is for
Life, Not Just for Christmas.”
Baldwin OBE, Dogs Trust CEO said:
We are delighted that so many MPs are
supporting us once again in raising awareness for our annual Christmas
campaign. Although our iconic slogan is known all over the world, we still see
dogs and puppies all too frequently purchased as inappropriate Christmas gifts.
It is clear that our message is as poignant now as it was in 1978, which is why
it so encouraging to see MPs get behind our message that a dog really is for
year since 1978, Dogs Trust has campaigned to highlight the problems
surrounding dogs being given as gifts at Christmas and all year round. The
charity aims to curb this problem by educating people about responsible dog
ownership and about the potential risks of buying pets on an impulse, be it in
pet shops, directly through breeders, or online.
Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000
abandoned and unwanted dogs a year through its nationwide network of 18
rehoming centres. For more information about Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog
welfare charity, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.
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