A new survey investigating the company that Brits keep on Christmas day has revealed that shockingly our family and in-laws aren’t a priority place setting around the dinner table, with 20% choosing to spend Christmas with just their pets.
The research by animal charity Support Adoption for Pets, which surveyed more than 2,000 UK residents found that one third of Brits prefer their pets to their in-laws, and are twice as likely to choose spending Christmas with their pet over their in-laws.
On Christmas day, it appears that we’re not the only ones who enjoy a festive dinner, with a quarter admitting they feed their pet a special meal, while the younger generation are most likely to feed their pet a Christmas dinner amongst 18-35 year olds.
While it’s the season of goodwill, many like to spoil their pets, especially at Christmas, with the average person spending up to £50 on presents for their pooch. Sadly, not all pets are so lucky and face Christmas alone in a rescue centre, so this year, Support Adoption for Pets has launched their annual Santa Paws appeal to raise money for rescue pets in need.
Commenting on the recent findings, Amy Wilson Fundraising Manager at Support Adoption for Pets commented: “We’re delighted to see the overwhelming love that owners have for their pets, in particular over the festive period. We’d also like to remind the nation to spare a thought for those pets who are unfortunate enough to find themselves without an owner this Christmas, and urge them to dig deep.
“We hope that the money raised by the Santa Paws appeal will ensure that rescue pets across the country can enjoy a Christmas dinner, and feel the love that they so very much deserve.”
Over the festive season (1st - 24th December) Support Adoption for Pets will be raising money inside Pets At Home stores nationwide, to raise enough money to fund 2.4million dinners for abandoned pets over Christmas.
For those shopping in Pets At Home throughout December, customers will be given the opportunity to support the Santa Paws appeal simply by donating 50p (enough to fund one Christmas dinner for a rescue pet) at the till point. Animal lovers can also donate £3 by texting BOWL01 to 70070, or an amount of their choosing online at www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/santapaws