A dog is supposed to be for life, not just for Christmas, or so the common saying goes. Many people seem to forget the adage around Christmas time though, the allure of the ‘novelty’ of a new pet for the family wearing off almost as soon as it took hold in the first place. So, the news of a dog found tied to a railing outside a train station in Scotland is not an auspicious start one might suppose, until human kind-heartedness is introduced into the tale.

Kai, a shar-pei crossbreed was found left abandoned near to Ayr railway station last Friday by his owner. The dog was microchipped, allowing its name to be determined by the charity that took it in and cared for it after its discovery. The Scottish SPCA’s animal charity centre in Glasgow are now attempting to trace the owner who left Kai to fend for itself, leaving a suitcase beside it containing a pillow, toy, food and a bowl.

The seemingly unwanted dog looks destined to find owners that do want to take it in and give it a home in the future though, as the charity have been deluged with calls from dog lovers offering just that since its plight was made known. More than one hundred calls have been received as the charity tries to find a good match for Kai after its ‘false start’.

It has been determined that the dog was sold on the Gumtree website in 2013 but the charity have not yet been able to determine who purchased him at that time and are appealing for assistance in that search.

Dogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity received 55 surrender calls on 5th January alone from people who did not want to keep their dog any longer, a more than 100% increase on the same time in the previous year. The explanations are varied, ranging from the relatively simple “he barks when left on his own” or “he chewed my expensive sofa”, to the cold hearted such as “my dog was too old and no longer brought me any joy”. The famous Battersea Dogs and Cats Home cared for nearly 9,000 #Animals in 2012, indicating the size of the problem of unwanted pets.