We're a month away from Christmas, but the DSPCA is urging people to be aware of the work involved in keeping a pet.
People have been dumping unwanted puppies & kittens across Dublin.
The DSPCA says they've been asked to rehome nearly 50 dogs & cats in the past week alone.
The organisation is advising that animal need constant attention & training, and therefore cannot be neglected or simply handed into a rescue centre when the pet is 'not wanted anymore'.
The society's Gillian Bird says among the excuses they've heard is that a dog didn't fit into a newly decorated kitchen, and a four-month old puppy 'grew too big'.
She explained: "Some of the cases are legitimate - where people are saying they can't keep their animal [as] they're moving house, their job has changed, or they have circumstances that are changed.
"There are a couple of ones that are coming in that you'd be a bit dubious about. Somebody has given us their dog because the dog just got too big for them."
She added: "We've had situations were people are telling us they just can't cope - they've too many dogs and would we take away the one's that are naughtiest."