Alex the dog has become a member of the George Pullicino family.

But he will continue living at the SPCA headquarters in Floriana.

Alex, was one of a number of dogs and cats available for sponsorship by people who would like a pet but cannot keep one at home.

Rural Affairs Minister George Pullicino was the first to sign up this morning.

Through the scheme, people can pay €1 a week to sponsor a dog or a cat. Most of the dogs and cats up for sponsorship cannot be rehomed.

Sponsors will get a wallet sized ID and profile of 'their' dog or cat and they will be able to visit it and take it for walks.

Mr Pullicino said that many people gave a pets s Christmas gifts and these animals were abandoned shortly afterwards.

The sponsorship would be the perfect Christmas gift for those who would like a pet but cannot keep it at home.

The SPCA can be contacted on 7982 3956, or 2123 0468, .

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