Chance to give a lucky dog a very happy New Year

Titan, a Dogue de Bordeaux.

Titan, a Dogue de Bordeaux. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

These are the some of the 60 dogs that will be celebrating Christmas at a Norfolk dog rehoming centre.

Tobin, a 10-year-old cross.

Tobin, a 10-year-old cross. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

And as Bubbles, a six-year-old Highland terrier; Titan, a Dogue de Bordeaux; and 10-year-old cross breed Tobin, are being spoilt by staff at the Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre it is hoped the arrival of 2015 will also see them being sent to new caring owners.

And while Christmas Day will see the 60 dogs being treated to toys and gifts and a festive dinner, the day-to-day work of the centre will carry on as normal over the seasonal period.

As well as taking in any abandoned dogs over the Christmas period, dogs still need feeding and walking, kennels need cleaning and many carers have to hand feed pups throughout the night.

Looking forward to the festivities was Diane McLelland-Taylor, Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre manager.

Bubbles, a six-year-old Highland terrier.

Bubbles, a six-year-old Highland terrier. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

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She said: 'Christmas Day at the rehoming centre is made to be as jolly as possible with staff wearing tinsel and hats, decorating the reception area, playing Christmas tunes and spoiling the 60 rescue dogs who are staying at the centre while they look for new homes.

'While other people are preparing the turkey, the staff at the centre will be hands on cleaning the kennels and walking the dogs.

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'At lunchtime the staff bring out the Santa sacks filled with toys and gifts sent in from dog lovers all over the country.

'They go to each kennel and hand the dogs new toys and treats. The dogs are also treated to a Christmas supper before bedding down after a fun-filled day.'

Each year the Dogs Trust charity receives nearly 17,000 abandoned dogs nationally.

To help prevent people thoughtlessly buying dogs as Christmas presents, the Dog Trust's 20 rehoming centres are not rehoming dogs from December 22 to January 2.

People will still be able to visit the centres and reserve a dog, but will not be able to take a dog home until the new year.

Anyone interested in rehoming a dog from the Snetterton centre can call 01953 498377 or visit the centre in North End Road, Snetterton, every day except for Mondays from noon to 4pm.

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