A kennel which is almost at crisis point has issued an urgent appeal for new homes for its dogs.
Cleadon Kennels, which rescues stray dogs from the Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead areas, is full to bursting with the huge influx of animals.
Aimee Pemberton, manager at the rescue kennels, said sadly they could well have to face the prospect of putting down some of the dogs if new homes are not found soon.
She said: “We are in desperate need of homes for our dogs. It is the time of year when it is out with the old and in with the new for Christmas.
“The dogs are ranging from six-month-old puppies to 15-year-old dogs, so it’s not as if there is a pattern to the types of dogs we have in.
“And, we are not just talking about mongrels, we are seeing lots of pedigree dogs coming into the kennels, we are talking about Yorkshire Terriers, Labradors and huskies.”
Aimee said at the moment they have more than 35 dogs being looked after at the kennels, in need of new homes.
She said: “I was on holiday last week and thought when I came back there would be some had new homes, but it was wishful thinking, they were all still here and more on top.”
Adding extra pressure to the situation is the fact one of the kennel blocks is out of use while it is being refurbished and staff are trying to hurry the workmen along.
Anyone interested in rehoming a dog can contact the kennels on 0191 5292369 to arrange an appointment for viewing. Appointment slots can be made for Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm and would-be owners must take some form of identification.
There is a rehoming fee of £65 which includes the dog’s first vaccination, a free neutering voucher, free microchipping, a month’s free pet insurance and all dogs will have a health check before leaving the kennels.