More than a million dogs could be homeless by Christmas, according to a shocking new study.
Nearly a third of dog owners have admitted that they regret buying their pet, and one in 10 even goes so far as to consider putting their dog up for adoption.
According to the survey of over 1,000 dog owners in the UK on behalf of a pet nutritionist Nature menu, a whopping 32 percent of dog owners revealed that they felt they didn’t have enough guidance to get them through the pet ownership battle.
As a result, seven percent would go so far as to say that they would not recommend purchasing a puppy or dog from those who are considering welcoming a pet into their home.
Those most likely to give up their dog for adoption because of a bad experience were in Birmingham (19 percent), followed by Londoners (16 percent), with those from Sheffield closely (15 percent).
The troubling revelations follow reports of a massive spike in Britons choosing to buy or adopt a dog since the UK shut down on March 23.
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A disturbing 16 percent of dog owners admitted their purchase was an impulsive decision, and 11 percent said lockdown was the only reason they welcomed a dog into their family.
To combat the issue of the concerning number of dogs likely to be homeless by Christmas, Natures Menu has launched a podcast to address the top concerns of new dog owners, from weaning puppies to interacting with other dogs and people. as best training tips for misbehaving dogs.
Melanie Sainsbury, Veterinary Medicine Manager at Natures Menu, said, “Getting a dog is a huge commitment and careful consideration must be made before deciding to purchase or adopt a dog.
“It is heartbreaking to hear that so many dogs are at risk of not having a loving home and that pet owners feel they don’t have enough advice on how to handle bringing a dog in.
“That’s why we launched The Pupcast to help relieve some of the pressure of becoming a new pet parent. ”
The Pupcast is available to listen to and download from Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts and iTunes. New customers can get a 20 percent discount on orders over £ 30 if they specify PUPCAST20 at checkout.