Ho No No – Please support our Christmas campaign!
We told you about Ho No No earlier this week but wanted to give you an update and ask you again to please help us. We also wanted to give you a bit more background. This year the campaign has had many strands, all with the ultimate aim of stopping puppies being bought as Christmas presents. Our two pronged approach targets both sellers and buyers.
To target the sellers we are trying to encourage pet shops not to sell puppies at this time of year, just as we stop rehoming during the festive period. The biggest of these ‘shops’ is the world famous store Harrods. Part of the Ho No No campaign is to send thousands of cards to Harrods to persuade them to stop selling puppies this Christmas, if we can convince them to stop then persuading other pet shops to do the same should be easy.
But we can’t do any of this without your help! Send a card to Harrods FREE by going to http://greetingcards.dogstrust.org.uk/ . There is a registration form to fill in but we can assure you its very quick, you won’t get loads of spam from us and it will mean the world to us and to the puppies that will have a better home as a result.
Every year we remind people that ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and provide reasons why getting a dog at Christmas is not a good idea. Despite this, a third of all children put a puppy on their Christmas wish list and more than one in six parents say they would buy a dog as a Christmas gift if their child asked for one!*
Our Ho No No campaign targets buyers by reminding them that buying a dog online is not a great idea. Although there are many reputable sellers, we really want people to be aware of the dangers of buying an animal online and to understand why Christmas is not a great time to introduce a puppy into your home.
Dogs Trust friend Dermot O’Leary recorded these words of warning for us, isn’t he lovely!
Find our more about what Dogs Trust is doing this Christmas please visit our site http://www.adogisforlife.com/
*Dogs Trust survey carried out by One Poll in October 2011. 1,000 respondents of parents with children aged 3 to 16 years