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Meet the dogs behind Socks Trust!

Today (Wednesday 30th November) Dogs Trust has changed its name to Socks Trust in the charity's latest stand against impulse puppy purchasing, reminding everyone that puppies should never be on the Christmas list, and to instead #GiveSocksNotDogs because 'A Dog is For Life, Not Just For Christmas.'

To mark the temporary arrival of Socks Trust, the charity has created a line of festive socks which have been inspired by loveable hounds who have either been abandoned, or handed into one of the charity's 20 rehoming centres just before, during or after the festive season, once the initial excitement of a new puppy wears thin.

Meet the dogs behind Socks Trust...


Three month old Rottweiler puppy Spud was handed over to Dogs Trust Harefield on Christmas Eve last year as part of an unwanted litter.

Beagle Cross Bramble was found wandering the streets, heavily pregnant, the week before Christmas in 2015. She gave birth to a healthy puppy Holly on Christmas Eve at Dogs Trust Basildon.

Betty the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was abandoned outside a betting shop on 23rd December, 2015 at just five weeks old. She was brought to Dogs Trust Leeds, where staff cared for her over Christmas. Without this round-the-clock care, Betty might not have made it.

Dame Joan Collins
Labrador Cross Dame Joan Collins and her siblings were found abandoned on Christmas Eve in 2014. They were cared for at Dogs Trust Bridgend and were named after the 2015 New Year's Honours list.

Dug the Lurcher was left tied up outside Dogs Trust West Calder in -5 degree winds, with a note "too old now, good with kids, good nature." Dug was shivering and confused but after some TLC from the team, he enjoyed a merry Christmas with his new two legged friends at the rehoming centre. 

Crossbreed Butterball and his siblings were abandoned in a field over Christmas 2015, and was  lovingly cared for at Dogs Trust Ballymena.

Cindy the Lurcher was left tied to the gates of Dogs Trust Evesham at Christmas in freezing rain in 2014. After her ordeal, Cindy was wary of people, but after lots of TLC from Dogs Trust has learnt to trust again.

Parsnip was one of three 12-week old crossbreed puppies found after being abandoned in a stable before Christmas. The puppies, taken in by Dogs Trust Newbury, were suspected to be bred to fuel the Christmas puppy trade.

Buy your limited edition Socks Trust socks, here!