This National Unwanted Pets Week, lonely animals have had their yap, purr and meow replaced by some of the most famous voices as celebrities including Martin Clunes, Bill Oddie and Father Ted's Pauline McLynn, have got involved to help more pets find a new, loving home.
The stars have helped create lonely hearts videos for the animals to appeal for a new family, with each pet matched to the celebrity whose personality best fits theirs.
The campaign has been set up to encourage potential pet owners to think about how an animal would fit into their family life before they take them home to alert people to the fact that too many animals end up returned or rejected because the pets aren't right for their home situation.
"Studies show that people in Britain still identify us as a nation of animal lovers, so it’s depressing to see the number of dogs, cats and smaller animals which are awaiting a loving home at any one time" says Sally Stevens, Director of Communications for Wood Green, The Animals Charity who set up National Unwanted Pets Week.
“What I would urge anyone interested in pet ownership to do, is to please do your research first. You wouldn’t buy something like a smart phone without taking advice, so it seems incredible that potential pet owners would rely on blind faith and then be left surprised by the way their new animal fits into the home and lifestyle.
"We are exceptionally grateful to the personalities who have helped us put together such individual ‘lonely hearts’ adverts.With their help, we hope to find some really wonderful homes for some of the thousands of animals which remain unwanted in the UK at any one time.
Presenter Bill Oddie, who lent his voice to some lonely cats and canines, said: "National Unwanted Pet Week shines a light on some of the thousands of fantastic pets which nee d a home and I’m delighted to be able to support the campaign. All they need is love to make amazing additions to the family, so I urge anyone considering buying a new pet, to consider rehoming."
Watch the lonely hearts videos here.
- There's more animals in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.