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Shocking figures showing how many pets are given to Dogs Trust each year

Around eight dogs are given away every day, according to Ireland’s largest dog charity.

ogs Trust Ireland said it had already received 1,732 requests for unwanted pets this year and it receives an average of eight requests a day.

New figures show that the number of stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs has fallen by 20 percent in the past year.

However, the charity said the rescue centers are facing a major crisis this year.

We are facing one of the most difficult years for rescue and rehomeing centers alike

Statistics released by the Department for Rural and Community Development show a 2.3 percent decrease in dogs euthanized in 2021 compared to 2020 and a 20.9 percent decrease in the number of stray and unwanted dogs brought in pounds .

However, Dogs Trust said it fears the number of unwanted dogs is increasing at a worrying rate this year as sanctuaries across the country are full.

There has been an unprecedented surge in requests to take care of unwanted dogs.

“This is an alarming 40.9 percent increase over the same period in 2021.

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According to the Dogs Trust, the current situation is far worse than it was last year

“The Irish rescue and pound scheme is just beginning to feel the post-pandemic pressure of puppies and the charity is concerned these numbers could continue to increase,” a spokesman said.

Dogs Trust Ireland chief executive Becky Bristow said the figures don’t really reflect the current situation.

“We have to take into account the fact that these figures are only recorded until December 2021 and are not a true reflection of what we are currently experiencing,” she said.

Every day we are inundated with requests to take unwanted dogs and our resources are stretched

“Last year was yet another unusual year as the country faced months of Covid restrictions and a heavy focus on working from home.

“Unfortunately, in our experience, the wave of unwanted dogs is much higher right now and will continue to rise in 2022 as people return to their normal lifestyles.

“We are facing one of the most difficult years for rescue and rehomeing centers alike. Every day we are inundated with requests to take unwanted dogs and our resources are stretched.”

Dogs Trust is currently looking across Ireland for foster families who can help by temporarily adopting a dog while the charity searches for a ‘forever home’.

Care also helps free up space in the kennel so the charity can continue to rescue and provide rehabilitation and a second chance to the most vulnerable dogs.

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