Animal shelter adoption lists grow as owners abandon their pets

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Fae Pawley of Lost Dogs Home said there has also been an increase in the number of animals being handed over to his North Melbourne shelter.

“We will always take animals at this time of year,” she said.

“We are overloaded… with cats and kittens because people don’t de-exert their cats. “

She said people abandoning their pets were “definitely a trend as the holidays approach.”

A dog at the Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

She said some people also left their doors open or let their dogs out knowing that council guards would pick up the animals and take them to the shelter, noting that some people thought it would be cheaper than paying for a kennel.

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“We get an influx of dogs because people are having events at this time of year, with gates and doors left open,” she explained.

“Sometimes people let their dogs out knowing they will be chosen by the board. They let them go out on purpose because they don’t want to pay the boarding fees.

But she said fines and board fees could be equivalent to paying for a kennel or cattery.

If the City of Melbourne dogs are picked up and taken to the council pound at Lost Dogs Home, owners are charged $ 65 for the first day, then $ 15 each day thereafter. Cat owners are charged $ 30 for the first day, then an additional $ 15 per day.

Animals must be microchipped and registered with the board before they can be released from the pound.

Every year there is this terrible element of humanity happening to their animal companions and then they get another when they come back from vacation.

Save A Dog Founder and President Pam Weaver

The Melbourne City Council free dog fine is $ 248 daytime and $ 330 nighttime.

Save A Dog founder and president Pam Weaver said the rescue shelter had “noticed a huge increase in voluntary surrenders in recent months.”

“We have no concrete evidence why,” she said. “A certain percentage of people release their dogs, but it has increased in the last two or three months. “

She said there was “no rhyme or reason why people returned their dogs.”

“Every year there is this terrible element of humanity that goes on with their animal companions and then they get another one when they come back from vacation,” she said.

RSPCA chief executive Liz Walker said responsible ownership “doesn’t start and stop when it’s convenient for the pet owner.”

“It’s an ongoing commitment,” Dr. Walker said.

“We remind everyone that being a responsible pet owner is essential to ensuring the health and happiness of your pet throughout their life.”

She said RSPCA Victoria had seen no evidence of an increase in the number of animals returned before the holiday season.

Dogs awaiting adoption at Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne.

Dogs awaiting adoption at Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

He does not recommend pets as a surprise Christmas present.

“The adoption process needs to be carefully considered and planned because owning a pet is a commitment that can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years,” said Dr. Walker.

“It is important that the recipient has already expressed a strong desire to have a pet. Make sure they have the capacity to be a responsible pet owner for both the type of animal and the individual animal needs.

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