LET'S GO HOME
K-9 ANGELS APPEAL TO THE UK, 'ALWAYS OPT TO ADOPT'
K-9 Angels ask the UK public to recognise that dogs are not presents and plead for people to ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop”, sharing the message with a stunning new video release of their single which will raise money for stray, abused & abandoned dogs.
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The K-9 Angels have relaunched their stunningly thought-provoking song, ‘Let’s Go Home’ This brand new music video features just a few of the many rescued and abandoned dogs the K-9 Angels charity have helped to save and rehome.
Featuring in the music video campaign is K-9 Angels' very own Patron Sue Barker CBE, who gave a forever home to a K-9 Angels' rescue dog Batty/Baiatu. Batty was an amazing example of how rescue dogs can make the most wonderful pets!
Also featuring is Eamonn Holmes, the winner of Best Breakfast TV Presenter Ever Award, together with his rescue dog Maggie presenting his 'adopt don’t shop' message.
Passionate animal lover and fitness guru Angie Best lends her voice as well to this very important message, and gives her support to the campaign.
K-9 Angels are appealing to the public to pledge not to buy a puppy this Christmas, and to always adopt a dog – please don’t shop for your new best friend.
K-9 Angels say “We passionately believe that it is always better to adopt don’t shop, rather than buy a puppy. We recognise that dogs are not presents and should never be given as gifts”
“All over the UK and around the world rescue centres are full with dogs desperately needing homes. Many dogs are given as presents over the Christmas period and then are dumped at a shelter in January as the ‘present’ wasn’t properly thought through.”
This beautiful song is written & performed by K-9 Angels' co-founder Pola Pospieszalska, who wrote the song about her rescue dog Annabel.
In conjunction with the eye catching and caring single the K-9 Angels have also noted their top reasons why one should never buy a dog as a present, especially over the festive season.
Reason #1: The holidays are busy enough!
The holiday season is often very busy for families. In addition to the usual hectic daily routine of school, work and other activities, end-of-year festivities mean even more demands on your time and energy.
Extra shopping, cooking and cleaning activities are usually involved, plus trimming the tree, decorating the house, gift wrapping, parties, overnight guests, and even trips away from home to visit family and friends.
With all that going on, the last thing most households need is a new puppy or kitten to add to the commotion and stress. Nor does a new four-legged member of the family deserve to be introduced to a brand new, slightly scary environment in the midst of chaos.
A new pet requires a great deal of time and attention from their new family. It's in everyone's best interests to wait for a less busy, exciting time of year to bring home a new dog, cat or other pet. They deserve to be settled in a more calm and normal atmosphere.
Reason #2 : Pets should not be surprises
Surprising a loved one with a puppy or kitten on Christmas morning may be a romantic idea, but sadly this is too often misguided.
Yes, the recipient may be extremely excited and happy with a new puppy or kitten on the day itself, but unless the 'surprise' has actually been well researched and thoroughly planned for, it can be a risky thing to do.
It's hard to resist a warm, furry little bundle under the tree on Christmas morning, however unless the new pet parent is wholly committed to the idea of raising a puppy or kitten, the 'bloom can come off the rose' in a hurry.
In our experience, it's best to let a prospective pet owner, no matter what age, be very engaged every step of the way in the selection of a new pet and the advance preparation for the homecoming.
Reason #3: A child shouldn't view a pet as a new toy
A living creature shouldn't be considered the same kind of 'wow' Christmas gift as oresents such as a new bike or the latest Xbox console.
Caring for a dog or cat is a big responsibility and far different from getting a new toy that is taken out, played with, and put away again. It's vitally important to impress upon a child the difference between their belongings and their pet. This discussion needs to happen from the very first minute a new dog or cat enters their life, and preferably even before the pet comes home.
Even if your youngster is pleading for a pet and you think they are old enough to take on the responsibility, we recommend you keep the 'pet project' separate from the holiday festivities.
Adding a dog or cat to the household is a big undertaking all on its own, so our advice is to plan for it accordingly, and not around the festive holidays.
Reason #4: Pet stores, backyard breeders, and puppy mills....
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, certain disreputable individuals and businesses are bursting at the seams with all the latest popular puppy models.
Many of these babies are shipped in from puppy mills. Some are healthy, but many are not. All are bred and born in inhumane, often filthy conditions.
Every time a dog is purchased from an irresponsible breeder or mill operator, it is incentive for those businesses to keep running. So while you may give a puppy mill baby a good home for Christmas, the mother remains back at the mill, having litter after litter until she's too sick or old to reproduce - at which point she's disposed of....
Meanwhile your puppy may fall prey to a host of diseases such as parvo and could need lifetime pet care for congenital and other weaknesses, as puppy mill and backyard breeders do not care about providing quality care for these poor innocent souls!
Since many reputable shelters and rescue organisations shut down adoptions this time of year to prevent problems associated with giving pets as Christmas gifts, there is a greater tendency for people who might ordinarily adopt to go down the route of buying from a pet store or backyard breeder.
Please DON’T be one of them.
Wait until the holidays are over and visit your local shelter or rescue organisation.
Please don’t buy puppies as Christmas gifts!! Getting a dog is something that needs a lot of thought and commitment. If you decide to get a dog, please consider adopting a dog from a shelter, those are the ones in need!
Adopt don’t shop!
Special thanks go to Nutriment for sponsoring our music video