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The festive period is often the busiest time of the year for many animal shelters, and with more than 3.2 million pets bought by UK households during lockdown, this year has seen services especially overstretched.
Some dog owners are finding that their new pet is more of a commitment to look after than they had anticipated.
As a result, more than five percent of those who had bought a pet during the pandemic have already given it up, according to research by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association.
The Christmas dinner, made especially by natural pet food manufacturer Wilsons Pet Food, features raw premium turkey and is great for dog health.
Manager of Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home, Anna Stansfield, said: “Since the pandemic, we’ve been so busy at the dogs’ home. It’s such a shame to see the number of dogs being abandoned at dogs’ homes right across the UK and really want to highlight that dogs are for life not just for Christmas.
“We’ve worked with Dr. Beckmann before and it’s lovely that they’ve come here to give our dogs some Christmas joy with this special Dr Petmann Christmas Dinner and all the trimmings – it will be a special day for all the dogs here, as well as the staff.”