Comment - A pet hate

CAN you give a stray cat or dog a loving home?

Usually, at this time of year RSPCA centres and animal shelters are full of unwanted cats and dogs which were given as faddy Christmas presents.

But although Leigh Dogs and Cats Home has not noted a rise in owners bringing in pets they tire of, there are still plenty of strays picked up from the streets and in desperate need of a loving family.

And there is still the usual message to some pet owners who carelessly discard their pets – taking care of animals is a huge responsibility. If you don’t have the means or the commitment – don’t get a pet.