Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MP's "Paws" for thought this Christmas

Dogs Trust sleighCaroline Flint lent her support this week to the message – “a Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas”.

Said Caroline:  “As someone who owned an RSPCA rescue dog until last year, I know what it can mean to give a dog a good home.  But Christmas is not the time to make a big decision like this.  Our dog lived 14 years – it is not a decision to be rushed into.  

“I am delighted to support the Dogs’ Trust campaign, which is as important now as it has ever been. A dog is a lifetime commitment and should never be bought on impulse as if it were a new television or a pair of shoes. This message is particularly poignant during the festive season, when people are buying all sorts of gifts on a whim without necessarily considering the consequences.

“I would urge anyone thinking of buying a dog or puppy as a Christmas present to ‘paws’ before doing so, and remember that a Dog is for life, not just for Christmas.”

The event, hosted by the Dogs’ Trust, marked the 35th year of this campaign.

The Don Valley MP took a festive sleigh ride and met a large number of furry friends. These pooches, however, were all stuffed toys – the only suitable kind of dog to give as a gift!

Dogs TrustClarissa Baldwin OBE, Dogs Trust CEO said:  “We are delighted that MPs are supporting us once again in raising awareness for our annual Christmas campaign. Although our iconic slogan is known all over the world, we still see dogs and puppies all too frequently purchased as inappropriate Christmas gifts. It is clear that our message is as poignant now as it was in 1978, which is why it is so encouraging to see MPs get behind our message that a dog really is for life”.

Every year since 1978, Dogs Trust has campaigned to highlight the problems surrounding dogs being given as gifts at Christmas and all year round. The charity aims to curb this problem by educating people about responsible dog ownership and about the potential risks of buying pets on an impulse, be it in pet shops, directly through breeders, or online.

For more information about the work of the Dog’s Trust, visit

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