A North East dog rescue charity has warned it is close to full as the number of people coming forward to adopt dogs is “at a standstill” amid the cost of living crisis.

Maxi’s Mates Rescue and Rehoming Centre, which is based at Carlin Howe Farm in Dunsdale, which is an approved centre for retiring greyhounds, has just a couple of empty kennels.

“What we’re seeing is a decline in adoptions,” said trustee Jane Galliford. “People are wanting to surrender dogs. We get lots of calls daily for lots of reasons. Some people are moving and their landlords won’t let them have dogs, couples are splitting up or people are going back to work and don’t have anyone to look after a dog. There are various reasons.

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“When we post on social media about the dogs we have for adoption people are saying they are being careful with their money and they can’t make that outlay. It’s ok adopting a dog but they have to have food and there are vet bills which can be expensive.

“At the moment we have 33 dogs in kennels and lots of people wanting to give us dogs but we can’t because we have no space. We have to have some space for strays but we only have two or three kennels left at the moment.”

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The RSPCA warned this week that the most urgent threat to pet welfare at the moment is the cost of living crisis.

A survey by the charity found 78 per cent of pet owners said they think the cost of living will impact their animals, 68 per cent expressed concern that the cost of care was increasing, and 19 per cent are worried about how they will afford to feed their pets.

Almost a third of pet owners in the North East are worried about being able to afford their animals.

And there has been a 50 per cent rise in the number of online searches for “giving up pets” from April 2021 to April 2022.

Jane, who set up Maxi’s Mates in 2012 alongside Michelle Cooper to raise, is encouraging anyone who is thinking about adopting a dog to reconsider what breeds they will consider as smaller dogs remain popular.

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She said: “ When we have a small dog then we can usually rehome them. But the kennels are full because medium and large dogs are overlooked. They are not getting rehomed. Strays are not getting claimed. We have long lists of dogs waiting to come in.

“We want people to reconsider what type of dog suits them and to think about other breeds.

“A rescue dog is a rescue dog and it is rewarding. Sometimes people want small dogs but they can be so energetic and hyperactive. Walking with a lovely, graceful greyhound by your side is a pleasure. They are such lovely dogs and they sleep for most of the day.”

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