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This is no way to show puppy love
5:29pm Monday 10th September 2012 in News
As a nation of animal lovers, it is shocking to learn that six unwanted dogs are picked up by wardens every single day across Sussex and the number of pets needing new homes has risen sharply.
Many shelters across the county are dealing with more abandoned pets than ever before and with the continuing financial crisis leading to people struggling to make ends meet, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.
Charities and groups are working flat out to deal with a seemingly never-ending cycle, with animals coming in as fast as new homes are found for them.
Coupled with a drop in donations and rising vet bills, it is becoming increasingly harder to find people willing to offer a home.
This is why The Argus is today relaunching our Give a Pet a Home campaign and urging people to visit their nearest shelter when thinking about getting a pet.
However it is vital that people think very carefully before making a commitment.
That kitten or puppy may look cute, but they grow up and will need proper looking after for the rest of their lives.
This includes making sure they are neutered or spayed to cut down on the number of unwanted animals being born.
With the right preparation and a willingness to take on responsibility, having a pet will be an immensely rewarding experience for many.
There are many animals out there in urgent need of a new home – if you have the space and commitment, then now is the time to head to your nearest shelter.