A Nottinghamshire based charity has reported an increase in the number of dogs being rehomed.

Jerry Green Dog Rescue said it was not sure whether the rise was due to covid or the cost-of-living crisis.

This comes after the surge of new dog owners across the UK following the pandemic.

Deputy Centre Manager Bethany Stuckins has worked for Jerry Green Dog Rescue for 9 years and has seen countless dogs come and go.

Speaking about the surge, Bethany said “I think the average at the moment is around 60 dogs a month [for rehoming dogs].”

The charity also provides a system where dogs are matched with families to give them their perfect home.

Image: Bethany Stuckins with rescue puppy Flipper.

“Our meet a match system [specific to Jerry Green] where we have lots of conversations with potential new owners, talk about the dog, their home and their situation and then we match them to the right dog.”

Alongside the rehoming process, Jerry Green also provides behavioural training for dogs to help future owners take them on.

“I think the average at the moment is around 60 dogs a month.”

Bethany Stuckins

“It doesn’t get in the way of them being rehomed, it’s just training that we do alongside of their journey to help improve their behaviour to make it easier for a new owner to take them on.” 

Bethany adds that this training is for any age of dog. From young puppies, the older dogs, their behaviour training is really beneficial for them. 

Audio: Bethany Stuckins talking about the increase in dogs being rehomed.

It is known that often puppies are bought as Christmas presents, where the term “a puppy is not just for Christmas” saying comes from. It is the same with the pandemic. A puppy isn’t just for company during that time. 

A warning came from the RSPCA stating this new boom in dog ownership would turn into a ‘crisis’ as new owners returned to work following lockdown. 

The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has stated there were 3.2 million UK households who acquired a pet since the pandemic. 

The end of October saw 17,000 reports on abandoned pets in the UK.

2 in 5 bought a puppy to be their Covid-19 companion.

1 in 5 new owners who bought a puppy during the pandemic admit they hadn’t considered the long-term commitment.

Approximately 250,000 animals go to rescues every year.

Andrew Johnson rescued his dog Scotty in lockdown, and they wouldn’t change a thing about their experience. 

He said “we were looking for a dog for around a year and we were looking at the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust but they never had anything suitable for what we were looking for.” 

He recalls the news reporting the increase of people dumping their dogs following the first lockdown in 2020.  

It took until the second lockdown before Andrew and his wife found their dream dog Scotty.

Image: Andrew Johnson’s rescue dog Scotty.

Andrew described the online calls he had with the charity following the covid regulations. 

“Because it was lockdown, [the charity] couldn’t come and inspect the house so we had to film around the house to show it was all secure and suitable for the dog. Within 2 days they said we could have Scotty.” 

They were so excited to have their new dog. But they knew it would take some time for Scotty to adapt to his new home. 

“When we first got him, he was just completely stressed. The first week had him, he kept trying to steal our food. He was completely food orientated from being starved.” 

But now, Scotty is happy, healthy, and living in a loving family home. 

Many dogs are suffering from being abandoned and rehomed, and this new surge following the pandemic, is adding to the pressures of charities trying to rehome dogs from across the UK.