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Amanda Abbington lends her support in Dogs Trust's Christmas video campaign * 11 December 2015

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Following a year of ludicrous excuses offered up by dog owners when giving up their pets to Dogs Trusts 20 rehoming centres across the UK, Amanda features alongside some of the UK's most famous faces - including Ella Eyre, Johnny Vegas, Mel Giedroyc, Eamonn Holmes, Jon Richardson and Rebecca Adlington - in the charity's new campaign video, 'A Dog is For Life, Not Just For Christmas'.


Amanda, who is a mum to three Dachshunds, said of the appeal, "I'm still in shock at some of the reasons why people would hand over their dog. It's not always smooth sailing but owning a dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do."

Continuing to speak of her own relationship with her dogs, she said, "The joy when they greet you coming home, the companionship they offer and the hours of laughter are priceless, I wouldn't be without mine. It's important that everyone remembers Dogs Trust iconic line 'A Dog is For Life, Not Just For Christmas' as sadly this campaign is showing that people think when the going gets tough, the dog gets going."

Whilst the excuses featured on the video are laughable and delivered with a comedic panache, the serious undertone cannot be ignored as the stars paused to reflect on the inexcusable and throwaway attitude some people have towards dog ownership. The charity's staff have recorded the most preposterous excuses heard over the last twelve months, including,'The fence was hit by lightning so we took it as a sign that we shouldn't have a dog', 'He kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on', 'He looked different after we walked him in the rain' and, 'He's scared of tin foil'.

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Dogs Trust's Chief Executive, Adrian Burder explains, "Sadly, there are many understandable reasons why people have to give up their dogs and we appreciate that circumstances can change beyond their control, however we cannot fathom that dogs should lose their security, comfort and home for such reasons they 'ate the banoffee pie' or 'sat in front of the TV when the football was on."

Dogs Trust went on to say that they are, "immensely grateful to the star-studded cast who so enthusiastically volunteered their time to help us share such a valuable message and it is heartwarming to see how much they care about dog welfare."

After nearly 40 years of highlighting their iconic slogan, "A dog is For Life Not Just For Christmas", Dogs Trust hope that with the help of well know faces such as Amanda, they can help even more even people understand that, "dogs should be treated as valued family members, not fashion accessories, trends or commodities that can be cast off when their appeal wears thin."

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This is not the first time that Amanda has supported Dogs Trust, however. Last year, Amanda was photographed with one of her dogs, Arthur, by animal portrait photographer Gerrard Gethings to raise money for Dogs Trust, in an initiative organised by pet website

Amanda was quoted as saying for the exhibition, "Arthur has a tendency to walk into things. He is a very clumsy dog. And quite miserable. But that's part of his charm. I like to think of him as the canine equivalent of Oliver Hardy. I have three dogs and wouldn't be without any of them. I adore them."

Their portrait hung alongside photographs of Dogs Trust dogs waiting to be homed in the exhibition entitled 'The Company of Dogs' and the print was auctioned off as one-of-a-kind limited edition in an online auction.

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Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington attending Dogs Trust Honours in 2008.

Every Christmas Dogs Trust doors remain open. Staff at their 20 rehoming centres across the UK, and one in Ireland, will work tirelessly to provide for the 1,500 dogs that will be in their care this festive season.

With their slogan, 'We never destroy a healthy dog' and the 17,000 homeless dogs passing through their centres throughout the year, the charity is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Please give a gift today and help them give a dog a place to feel safe and warm instead of feeling alone and abandoned in the cold. Together, we can help make every dog feel wanted, welcome and loved for life, not just for Christmas.

Spread the word #adogisforlife #ADIFL

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