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Causeway Coast Dog Rescue hold Christmas carol evening to raise awareness

A local dog charity has held a Christmas carol evening to raise awareness of the growing number of unwanted dogs at this time of year.

Causeway Coast Dog Rescue held the event at the Diamond Centre in Coleraine to raise awareness of so many unwanted dogs, especially around Christmas time.

The charity says it has been inundated with calls to take in unwanted dogs and they believe "every dog deserves a second chance".

Located on the north coast, the charity received support from Millburn Primary School, singer Sara Crockett and Britain's Got Talent's Innova Irish Dance company, who all came to sing and dance in front of shoppers outside their charity shop in the Diamond Centre Coleraine.

Chairman of the CCDR Maggie Dimsdale-Bobby said: “I very much wish to thank everyone who came to support us with this year’s Christmas Carol Service.

"To all the teachers and mums supporting the school choir, to Sara and Hannah who are absolutely amazing singers and of course the infamous Innova who danced to every beat that was played. It was a fantastic evening.

“At this time of year is extremely difficult for dog rescue charities, but not much different from the other 11 months. Calls are never ending with requests to take in unwanted dogs."

Maggie stressed: "At the CCDR we also receive many calls looking for advice about witnessing cruelty and what can be done about it. It is heart-breaking and I appeal to everyone, please do not purchase a puppy but come to any rescue centre and re-home a dog.

"Every dog deserves a second chance and we always aim to find each dog the best home to match both the dog and the potential owner. Dogs can range from a few months old right up to ten years old and each one desperately seeks a new owner and family to be with. We have been working hard to build relationships with various agencies and groups to provide a holistic approach to dog welfare and rehoming.

"In over twenty years of working with dogs the issues do not seem to be going away or becoming any less of a demand for re-homing centres," she added.

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