Lisburn City Council Dog Wardens are urging people who are thinking about acquiring a household pet as a Christmas gift to stop and think before doing anything.
Christmas can be an unsettling time in the home and can be hard to introduce a new pet.
The Council often find dogs are abandoned after a few days and would like to see a significant reduction in abandoned dogs this Christmas.
When considering getting a dog think about where you live, how large your garden is, if you have children are you at home during the day, will you walk your dog, can you afford it and will you care for it?
If you plan to buy a dog as a Christmas present do not make it a surprise gift - ensure the recipient is prepared to commit as much as 15 years to caring for a pet; let the recipient choose the pet and instead of buying a puppy consider adopting a homeless dog from the council dog pound.
If you purchase a dog be sure to buy a dog licence from the Council.
For those wishing to give a stray dog a good home the please visit the Lisburn City Council Dog Pound, Altona Industrial Estate, Hillsborough Old Road, Lisburn, it is open Monday-Friday 12.30-2.30pm or dogs can be viewed by appointment only between 9.30am and 4pm Monday-Friday.