Dog lover Hayley is one of a host of stars backing the cause, highlighting the ‘ludicrous’ excuses dog owners have given when handing their pets over to the Dogs Trust’s 20 rehoming centres across the country.
Among the excuses rolled out in the campaign video from stars such as Sky News’s Eamonn Holmes, Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington, Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and comedian Jon Richardson, were:
* He’s too perfect
* He kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on
* He got into the fridge and he ate the banoffee pie
Former Coronation Street and Emmerdale actress Hayley’s clip shows her stating: “He wouldn’t fit in my handbag and he wouldn’t wear the clothes I bought him.”
Speaking about the campaign, the Dancing On Ice champion said: “It spells out what we all know already; a dog is for life. Yet there are still so many people who buy dogs at Christmas as presents.
“Then the novelty wears off and they get rid.
“Having a dog is a big responsibility; they need walking, feeding, and can’t be left alone all day. Saying all that, getting a rescue dog is the most rewarding thing a person can do.”
Hayley, from Bispham, and her parents adopted Frankie – ‘a crazy but adorable pug-Jack Russell cross’ – through Dogs Trust in Manchester earlier this year.
She said: “I am such a big dog lover, and after the last family dog died, I went straight to Dogs Trust and they were brilliant.
“When I saw his cheeky little face with his teeth sticking out, I fell in love.
“I could’ve taken them all home, but the centre is so helpful and match you to the right type of dog.
“Most dogs at Dogs Trust haven’t had the best start in life, but they will never put a healthy dog down. Isn’t that just brilliant?
“After seeing all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at Dogs Trust, and knowing they are funded solely on public donation, I knew I had to help.”
And the difference a loving home can make is clear to Hayley after getting to know Frankie.
“Frankie is really my parents’ dog, although I look after him when they go away and I love it,” she said.
“He’s bonkers; barks at everything and licks you to death, but I’ve never met a dog with so much love to give.
“He was very nervous when we first got him. He had a poorly tummy and couldn’t keep his food down, but once he realised it was his new home and he wasn’t going anywhere he soon settled down.
“He’s very content now, still barks at the vacuum cleaner – but no one’s perfect.”