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Neil talks about one case where a puppy was returned by its new owners less than 24 hours after it was adopted.

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He added: "We invite them to come and meet us and have a walk around the sanctuary and if it's a dog they want, we recommend they walk a number of dogs, sometimes over many days.

The most common reason seems to be children, around seven or eight, whose parents say are tormenting their dog and fear will end up in their child getting hurt.

A four month old chocolate labrador was also taken in and an adopted nine year old cat was taken in after the owner had asked a vet to put him to sleep.

As the realisation of the commitment sinks in, many animal rescue homes have been inundated with requests to take people's unwanted cats and dogs under their wing.

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"You will be surprised how many people are looking for a furry ornament and when they don't get that they are quite disappointed."

But sadly, as the reality of caring for a pet starts to sink in, rescue homes like the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Edenfield have had to bare the brunt of many pet owners who no longer want their animals because they can't cope or can't be bothered with them anymore.

"But if someone describes their situation and asks if we have a cat which would suit them we will say yes."

AN animal sanctuary has been inundated with unwanted pets. Nike Sb Hoodie Blue Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Edenfield has taken in dozens of dogs and cats in the last month. One owner adopted a young puppy over Christmas and returned it to Bleakholt sanctuary within 24 hours because they could not cope. Manager Neil Martin says the sanctuary is at full capacity and has a long waiting list for more unwanted animals. Reporter LUCY MCGUIRE visited the sanctuary to see how it is coping with the crisis.

Neil said: "If someone rings up and says: 'do you have any grey cats' we say no.

Neil feels 20 per cent of cases come down to 'genuine' reasons such as owners who have died, but 80 per cent he says, are 'solvable'.

This week, the Free Press reports how Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary manager Neil Martin has dealt with 50 requests of this nature in the last month.

Above all, Neil tells new dog owners to persevere.

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He says too many people 'give up' on their care for their animals during the busy festive season and at full capacity the sanctuary is left to deal with long waiting lists throughout the New Year.

Neil says anyone thinking about taking on a new dog should carry out some research into the nature of the breed and consider whether it will fit into their lifestyle.

He said: "When someone returns a dog without the lead etc we know they have given up and are probably going to start again and get a replacement dog that's quite common. The problem is often that they don't understand how a dog responds to a new environment so there's a high possibility that the dog they replace it with is going to have exactly the same problems."

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relationship breakdowns, families who cannot cope with animals around young children and those who are simply not prepared before they take new pets on.

"A certain amount of requests for re homing drop during the holiday season, such as commercial requests from landlords.

´╗┐Abandoned pets on the increase

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The all important question 'what is the reason for giving up the cat/dog?'reveals the cases of a kitten which hides away because a son 'never leaves him alone', a person who took on a friend's dog after their marriage break up, and a parent who feels they cannot care for their pet because they have taken on a new job.

"Sometimes it feels like we are manning a branch of the Samaritans," he said, "but we would rather help a person with the animal they've got rather than them bringing it back." He added: "Many people who come into the rescue home who are realistic about taking on a new pet are fantastic, we couldn't survive without them."

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He said: "We don't have the luxury of spare kennels. We are at full capacity at the moment. We have phenomenally long waiting lists.

THE idea of coming home with a cute and fluffy surprise in the shape of a kitten or puppy may seem like the idyllic way to put a smile on your loved ones' faces.

Fortunately, the puppy has a new home to go to, the cat has been repossessed by the sanctuary and the labrador is being cared for.

"Quite often we also give them our numbers and if someone has taken a dog and is getting stressed about something, we can make suggestions on how to solve the problem."

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rarely pure bred, Bleakholt staff invest a lot of time making sure the new owners understand what they are taking on.

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But with all 600 places at the sanctuary currently filled, Neil says it's a difficult time.

The rescue centre, which has been running since the 1950s, encourages pet owners to fill in an online form if they are considering giving up their pet.

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"We have a non destruction policy and have nothing but the animals' best interests at heart."

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