A PET rescue centre has been overwhelmed with the amount of calls it is getting from pet owners wanting to rid themselves of their four-legged companions.
Three Counties Dog Rescue, which is based in Bourne, has had 40 calls in the last three weeks from people who no longer want their dogs and has doubled the number of cats and kittens it has in its care this week.
Owners Max and Gyll Mauchline are now appealing for foster carers to come forward to take on some of the unwanted pets they have at their kennels.
Gyll said: “The number of unwanted pets we have taken in in the last few weeks is the most we have ever known.
“And that does not include the abandoned pets and strays that are brought to us every day.
“We never turn an animal away.”
The couple first started the charity in Hampshire 40 years ago when they looked after one dog.
It has grown so much since then that their reputation followed them to Bourne when they moved there 21 years ago, and they take in animals from a 50-mile radius of the town covering Rutland, Stamford and Grantham.
Not only do the couple need volunteers to take in unwanted pets until a permanent home can be found, they want to raise awareness of their cause.
Max said: “We would ask people to think before they go out and buy a dog, cat or any other pet. We had a rabbit over Easter believe it or not.
“None of the dogs we have are problem dogs. They are just unwanted because people’s circumstances change. Think about the future before making such a big decision.”
The centre works with Burghley Vets to make sure all of the animals are inoculated and do home checks on all of the new owners who come forward.
To foster dogs or cats from Three Counties, or rehome one, contact Gyll or Max on 01778 440318 or 07708 589792.