A number of pets will be looking for new homes in the New Year after being dumped over the festive period.
Animal centres in the north of the county have admitted they are full to capacity after a huge rise in people giving away their pets over the festive season.
There have also been reports of animals being dumped in the cold at the gates of rescue centres, as owners look to save money during the festive period or give away unwanted Christmas presents
Carers at Animals in Need, in London Road, Little Irchester, have said they have had 10 animals given away to their centre last week, and had to turn down ‘at least’ 10 more.
Roy Marriott, of the centre, said: “We’ve had seven rabbits, two cats, and one dog and we’ve had to turn away many others since Boxing Day.
“It’s the same up and down the country with centres being inundated and it seems we can’t get through to people that they can’t give away pets as Christmas presents.
“We literally had two cats dumped here last week, so what can you do?
“It’ll only get busier as more pets which were Christmas presents lose their novelty.”
Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary, in Raunds, has reported an increase in the number of animals given away during the festive period, including cats which were dumped in the cold at the centre’s gates.
Rosie Richardson, one of the centre’s owners, said: “A lot of people seem to be getting rid of older cats and replacing them with kittens in time for Christmas.
“This is the worst possible time for just dumping pets outside our centre, as it is so cold outside.”
Carers at Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nuturing and Adoption, in Irthlingborough, have closed their doors to new animals after finding themselves full to capacity.
But carers have admitted they have had to turn down many requests over the festive period.
The centre’s founder, Petrina Alderman, said: “We’ve had a very busy Christmas period but we’ve just got no room.
“When people phone us up looking for animals as Christmas presents I just switch off.
“Animals are not presents.”