Posts Tagged 'animal abandonment'


The OSPCA controversy in context.

There would be fewer animals in the Newmarket shelter and, indeed, in shelters around the province, if people took more responsibility for their pets, if they spayed and neutered their dogs and cats to prevent the birth of unwanted animals and if they recognized an animal isn’t something you bring home on a whim.

But the complacency of some people about the lives of dogs and cats was evident even amongst those who turned up in Newmarket to protest.

On Tuesday, an outraged Keswick man showed up at the shelter to try and retrieve J.J., a cat he told reporters he had surrendered to the shelter three months ago. Now, he was outraged that the animal was infected with ringworm and claimed J.J. was fine when he was left at the shelter.

Yes, and maybe that cat, and many other animals, would still be fine if it hadn’t been abandoned at a shelter in the first place.

Pro pets

Manitobans demand end to no-pet policies in rental units; bill unlikely to pass.

“We’re tired of seeing animals surrendered to the humane society with the reason being that there’s a no-pet policy where they’re moving,” Bill McDonald, executive director of the Winnipeg Humane Society, said Thursday.

“I personally have dealt with situations that would make you cry, where you know, an elderly couple have a 10, 11 or 12-year-old pet and one of them dies. The other one needs to go into assisted living and there’s no one to take the pet.”

Big change

A profile of DeWinton’s Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals.

The RASTA grounds are like Old MacDonald’s farm, with big and small animals walking around like family. Chickens take methodical steps scanning for snacks while potbelly pigs root around with the same goal in mind. Rabbits hop by. A dog sleeps in the sun. Guinea fowl, with their elegant spotted feathers, strut around as the cat and the horses overlook the scene.

In the paddock, miniature donkeys, llamas, goats and horses hang about.

It’s an interspecies lounge area, everyone living free-range style.

That’s a big change for the RASTA residents. The chickens, for example, were rescued from a factory farm where they had laid eggs in a tight cage, suffering constant pecking from other chickens and were unable to stand or stretch their wings. When chickens’ egg production drops they are no longer valuable and are often destined to be tossed alive in a wood chipper Cerny said.

Always looking

Newfoundland’s Beagle Paws save dogs abandoned as hunting season end.

Volunteer Sandra Woito said the group was involved in a heartbreaking case this spring.

A beagle named Ally was found roaming south of St. John’s a couple of weeks ago. The dog had given birth to a litter just hours before she was rescued. The puppies were never found.

“Ally was completely beside herself. She wouldn’t sleep, she wouldn’t eat, she couldn’t settle down,” Woito said.

“She was looking, always looking and we knew she was looking for her puppies.”

Poor darlings

Twelve cats abandoned at former dump rescued.  Sort of.

Even though the cats are being rescued from a death by starvation, not all of them will survive. Some will have to be euthanized because the SPCA won’t be able to find new owners for them all, said shelter volunteer Cheryl Ellis.

“We wont be able to re-home them,” said Ellis. “These cats are feral cats; they’re sick cats. The bottom line is there’s too many cats and not enough homes.”

The St. John’s SPCA website says the shelter can comfortably hold 20 cats and 12 dogs at any given time.

Even if the cats were healthy, staff would still have a hard time finding permanent homes for them, said Ellis.

“At least when we go on properties with dogs, many of them we can bring back to the shelter because they are adoptable, or at least just with some basic training, they can be adopted, but these poor darlings don’t stand a chance.”

Crazy season

Brant County SPCA is under strain . . .

Kuchma said staff at the shelter generally expect to see an increase in wildlife calls and stray cats around the beginning of May. But she said “crazy season” started early in March this year. Instead of receiving five to six calls a week, the SPCA is receiving that many or more each day.

“We’re seeing the strain here,” Kuchma said.

The increasing number of dogs coming into the shelter is something Kuchma has no explanation for. Abandoned or stray dogs and puppies account for most of the increase.

. . . Humane Society of Durham overwhelmed.

The problem facing the humane society now is that it has too many cats to house — some are even being kept in the lobby.

“This large influx of cats has overwhelmed the shelter and we are asking the public for help to house or foster some of these animals,” she said.

The 25 latest cats will have to be cleaned and given shots before they can be adopted out.

Dumping grounds

Whitby and region full of abandoned animals.

“All the conservation areas, farms and concession roads get animals dumped all the time,” said Humane Society of Durham Region manager Ruby Richards. “You ask almost any farmer in Durham Region, he could probably tell you he’s got about 400 cats on his property that people have dumped.”

People assume animals can fend for themselves in these types of environments when, in reality, their domestic nature renders them defenceless, she added.



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