TEN puppies playing and one very tired staffy mumis what Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) received on the tenth day before Christmas.
Volunteers say it's a sad reality that this time of year often brings with it a spike in surrendered or unwanted pets.
NRAS volunteer Trish Giltinan said the organisation had recently been "inundated" with surrenders.
"If you're considering having a pet it's a 15-year commitment and people really need to think that through," she said.
"People move or they get them and they don't have suitable housing or they're renting and they move and they can't take the animal, which for us is such a disappointment.
"We have a few come in in January when people are tired of the cute puppies or they haven't trained them and so there's problems."
Ms Giltinan said in the past week, the organisation had received about 10 surrenders of cats and dogs.
"Some people shop for puppies online and they probably come from puppy farms and they just don't think about the long-term commitment," she said.
"While there are some people who look at animals as a short-term cute thing, there are plenty of unbelievably responsible pets owners who love their pets and look after them."
Fortunately, this litter of ten will be happy, healthy and cared for into the New Year.
But it's only because of the hard work and dedicated of NRAS volunteers that these former pets don't end up in pounds or worse.
Ms Giltinan said when these puppies and mother were surrender, they were in a fairly poor condition but have shown great improvement already at their Meerschaum Vale carer's home.
Each will be desexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated before they'll be put up for adoption to forever homes.
Anyone interesting in becoming an NRAS volunteer or putting forward and expression of interest as the puppy or mum's forever can phone 6681 1860 or visit the Northern Rivers Animal Services Facebook page.
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