‘Tis the season when people strive to embody kindness, prioritize others, cherish their family and friends, and revel in love, joy, and peace. Christmas, after all, is a time for giving and sharing, a heartfelt gesture to express gratitude for the moments shared throughout the year. While we extend our goodness to our loved ones, let us not forget those who truly need our attention.
With this sentiment in mind, the dedicated personnel at the Dublin Rehoming Center of Dogs Trust Ireland ensured that the homeless dogs were not left behind. Together with a devoted group of supporters, they gathered an assortment of gifts, creating a touch of magic for those who had once been forsaken. What made this effort particularly special was that instead of the staff choosing toys for each dog, they allowed the dogs to make their own Christmas selections. Dogs Trust Ireland even captured the pure delight of numerous eager dogs as they entered a room adorned with toys, where they eagerly picked out their cherished Christmas gifts.
“We filmed 35 dogs selecting a toy and then spent (many) hours editing it to showcase the best reactions. One or two simply preferred pets and cuddles over a toy. The dogs were brought in one at a time, so there was no need to worry about them vying for the same toy,” shared Dogs Trust Ireland with Bored Panda.
“In 2017, we initiated ‘Secret Santa Paws’ for the dogs, where staff members chose a personalized present for a long-term dog, and the response was fantastic. In 2018, we wanted to do something different, so once again the staff donated toys, but we thought the dogs might enjoy picking their own. We lined them up, and it was an incredible day… the dogs were SO happy, and witnessing it was just extraordinary. So, we repeated it this year, combining contributions from supporters left beneath our tree in the lobby area with staff toy contributions,” explained Dogs Trust Ireland.
In a video shared by the organization, the staff meticulously arranged all the toys on the floor and then, one by one, allowed the dogs to enter the room. The dogs were brimming with excitement as they perused the array of options to select their unique gifts. Some dogs immediately gravitated towards their chosen Christmas surprises, while others took their time, carefully inspecting each one to find the perfect fit.
Dogs Trust Ireland stands as the foremost dog welfare charity in Ireland, having been actively involved since 2005. Their mission centers around rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming dogs of all sizes, colors, and breeds into loving homes. The organization states on its Facebook page that They’re “Striving for a future where every dog can experience a joyful life, unburdened by the specter of unwarranted harm. They pledge to never harm a healthy dog.” Those swear that they will “never destroy a healthy dog.”
“As you will see, choosing a toy was a significant decision for some dogs, and some reveled in finding the squeakiest toy they could get their paws on,” shared Dogs Trust Ireland on their Facebook page. Witnessing the joy of these endearing dogs, one can’t help but sense the festive spirit in the air!
“We temporarily halt The dogs in the video are still with us because they were adopted over Christmas every year. However, we hope to find them their forever homes in the new year! We’ve had other shelters also providing toys and letting the dogs make their selections. They’ve tagged us in their posts, which is wonderful! Sniffing out the toys and choosing one demands focus from the dogs, revealing their unique personalities. It’s truly fantastic for us to see them so happy over something so simple, and we sincerely hope this will lead to their adoption in 2020!”