Adoptober: Staffies still the most neglected dog but more 'designer' breeds are being rescued than ever before
This month, we're launching Adoptober, to find homes for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Last year, we found homes for nearly 7,700 dogs... Staffies and their crosses are still the most rescued type, however, we're seeing more designer dogs than ever appearing in our rehoming centres.
As part of our special rehoming drive Adoptober, new figures have been released. These have shown that while pure-breed and crossbreed Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dog to come into our care, more trendy 'handbag' breeds and fashionable crossbreeds are also ending up in our 17 national animal centres.
Chihuahuas in our care have gone up 700% in the last seven years
The number of chihuahuas coming into our care has gone up by 700 percent in the last seven years (14 in 2012 to 112 in 2018), while the number of French bulldogs is up 236 percent, with Dachshunds up 600 percent and Pomeranians up by 440 percent.
We're also seeing more breeds (and crossbreeds) used for popular crosses - such as cocker spaniels and poodles - arriving in our centres as inspectors shut down puppy farms and collect abandoned dogs and puppies.
Last year we rehomed 21 dogs every day!
Last year, we rescued 5,930 dogs from abuse and neglect in England and received 1,175,193 calls to our 24-hour cruelty hotline about animals nationally. Our branches and centres across England and Wales rehomed 7,692 dogs - that's 21 dogs every day!
Our dog welfare expert, Lisa Hens, said:
Although Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dogs coming into our centres, we are seeing a general decrease in their numbers while seeing an increase in the number of fashionable crossbreeds and so-called designer dogs like Dachshunds and French bulldogs arriving in our care.
We know that the animals coming into our care tend to reflect general dog ownership trends and there's been a huge surge in recent years in people buying 'designer dogs' and crossbreeds such as cavachons, puggles and cockerpoos.
As part of our rehoming drive this October - called Adoptober - we want to shine a light on all of the dogs in our care and encourage people to adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy. All the animals in our care have a lot of love to give and we have a huge variety of dogs in our kennels, of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds, waiting for homes.
Animals ready to be loved
Four-year-old miniature dachshund, Frank is at our Stubbington Arc branch, in Hampshire, and is looking for a special, experienced home. While one-year-old dachshund, Cinnamon, at our Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston and District Branch, is also looking for a special home with a quiet and patient owner to help him.
Chihuahua, Bluebell, four, is looking for a forever home with her best friend, seven-year-old German shepherd, Daisy. Staff and volunteers at our Essex South, Southend and District Branch are looking for an adult-only home for the pair.
As long with other animals in our care, four-year-old Staffie cross, Faith (pictured) - who has been waiting for the right home for 1,000 days this week - is hoping this will be the month she finds her paw-fect match!
Our hard-working team rescues animals from the worst abuse and neglect and, by giving them a home, you're giving them a second chance at life. Adoptober is a rehoming drive to raise awareness of some of the animals in our care who so desperately need a forever home.
Are you thinking about adopting an animal?
One of the many benefits of adopting a dog from one of our rehoming centres means that your pet will be already neutered and vaccinated. Rehome from one of our centres and you'll also get four weeks free pet insurance.