Dog ownership a big responsibility

LUCY and Oscar are inseparable. The eight-year-old sibling labradors are in foster care. Their owners could no longer care for them and Hunter Animal Rescue is trying to find them a new home.

‘‘They have to go together because they would fret and die without each other,’’ carer Roslyn Abbott, of Cardiff Heights, said.

Hunter Animal Rescue would love to find the labradors, and other pets in its care, good homes.

But the organisation’s president Jaimie Abbott urged people not to buy pets on impulse, especially at Christmas.

‘‘So many people buy pets this time of year and they’re often unwanted Christmas gifts,’’ Jaimie  Abbott said.

‘‘People need to understand that pets are a long-term commitment.’’

She said animal rescue groups, pounds and the RSPCA were ‘‘stretched to the limit dealing with abandoned and mistreated animals’’.

She urged people not to buy pets from puppy farms or shopping malls, asserting it encouraged overpopulation that led to high numbers of euthanised animals.

‘‘There are so many healthy dogs in foster homes that people can adopt,’’ she said.

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