Nearly 100 puppies were seized in just one week in Britain
With just six weeks to go until Christmas, Dogs Trust is urging people to pause (paws) for thought before getting a dog this holiday season.
It says last year, 12,549 dogs entered its Irish pounds with 1,522 of them being "needlessly destroyed".
The charity also had a 58% spike in surrender requests after Christmas last year.
It has also posted some paw prints around the streets of Dublin, with the hashtag #PawsForThought.
Dogs Trust say it is to remind people that 'A Dog is for life, not just for Christmas'.
"We are urging people to 'pause' and think about the lifelong commitment and responsibility that comes with owning a dog and then wait until after Christmas to consider taking on a new addition to the family.
"Unfortunately, with over 1,000 abandoned dogs per year coming through our doors, and thousands more the charity cannot possibly take in, people are still taking on the responsibility of dog ownership without enough consideration of what it really entails."
You can get more details on the 'Paws For Thought' campaign here
Meanwhile its sister charity in the UK is warning some people can be drawn into the illegal puppy trade by unknowingly purchasing an illegally imported puppy.
The warning comes after nearly 100 puppies were seized in just one week in Britain during a covert operation.
The charity says this is "just the tip of the iceberg", as many more are expected to be smuggled into the country undetected in the run up to Christmas.
It says dealers import 'designer' breeds such as Pug puppies, Dachshund puppies, French Bulldog puppies, English Bulldog puppies and Chow Chow puppies.
Pups are separated from their mothers when they are weeks old because they look smaller and cuter, and can be sold for lots of money - especially in the weeks before Christmas.
"Breeders and vets in countries where puppies are born - in a well-oiled network of crime and deception - fake dogs’ documents so they can be imported.
"Some pups have no vaccinations at all, posing a serious health risk to people here", it says.
It has a number of pointers for those meeting your puppy for the first time:
Don't be afraid to ask questions: Always ask about their age, microchip, worming and vaccinations, as well as their feeding