Dogs Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare organisation. Every year we rehome thousands of dogs through our network of centres.

We have 18 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, providing some of the best kennelling facilities in the world. The health and happiness of every dog is at the heart of everything we do and we never destroy a healthy dog.

We are dedicated to tackling the causes of the stray dog problem through rehoming, neutering, microchipping as well as educating the dog owners of tomorrow on the merits of responsible dog ownership. Further information about this work can be found on the 'our work today' page.

A Dog is for life not just for Christmas

Every Christmas Dogs Trust highlights the plight of dogs given as presents and subsequently abandoned. Dogs Trust's Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, coined the phrase "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas" over thirty years ago to help address the problem of large numbers of dogs being given as Christmas gifts every year. Not only is the slogan one of the most recognisable strap lines in the UK - but its message has been heeded. In 1978 20% of dogs were given as gifts whereas in 2008 this figure was just 1.8%.

Although the figure has dropped significantly - it means that around 131,400 dogs are still given as gifts every year.

Political animals

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust, formally known as the National Canine Defence League (NCDL), has always campaigned on dog-welfare related issues. We work closely with politicians and policy makers across the UK and internationally to raise awareness of dog welfare issues.

We are currently campaigning for the compulsory microchipping of dogs. We would also like to see stronger measures to protect the welfare of Greyhounds, an effective dialogue on the growing social problem of dangerous and status dogs, and a total ban on the battery-farming and selling of puppies in pet shops.

Dogs Trust has recently launched its 'Doggy Manifesto'. We are calling on all politicians to think carefully about the wider social impact of dog welfare and how important dogs are to us as individuals and in the wider community.

The plight faced by countless dogs in the UK carries on far beyond Christmas and the General Election. Dogs Trust urges you to do all you can to help improve dog welfare in the UK.

Read Dogs Trust Dog Manifesto here.

For more information on Dogs Trust visit the website.

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