The number of people giving up two dogs at a time has increased by 35 per cent between 2010 and 2011, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has said.
Since the start of this year, the charity has already taken in 20 pairs of dogs. Woody Woodford-Price, intake assistant at Battersea, explained that this is becoming more common as people lost their jobs, have to downsize or just cannot afford to keep their pets anymore.
He said: "Last year 21 per cent of the dogs arriving at our doors were brought in because their owners were struggling with money or housing, and these problems are even more acute when two dogs are involved. If people continue to lose ... we are likely to see even more pairs arriving at our gates."
The charity added that if pairs of dogs are brought in, they try to keep them together. One pair recently brought in were Heidi and Oliver.
Caz Stanford, rehoming and welfare assistant, said that they are elderly dogs who will make a wonderful pair for someone to adopt.