Dog influx has SAFE stretched
An influx of dogs needing to be fostered or found new homes recently has Saving Animals from Euthanasia staff scratching their heads with no obvious cause presenting itself.
Ramsey, pictured, came to SAFE from the Shire of Ashburton last week after being left unclaimed in a pound for too long.
He has since been vaccinated and chipped and has found a new home.
Ramsey is one of about 40 dogs looking for foster carers or new homes at the moment, a number SAFE founder Sue Hedley said was almost unheard of.
Ms Hedley said dogs were coming in for a wide variety of reasons, from owners not claiming found dogs to people getting puppies off Facebook then getting rid of them as they got older.
“We generally have more cats than we do dogs because cats are so much harder to find a home to care for them even though they are so much easier to care for,” she said.
“Even just caring for one dog for a time is a help and if it doesn’t work we take them straight back so it is not like anyone will ever be stuck.
“So many people love animals but loads of people who live here can’t possibly take on a pet full time ... so this is just a wonderful in-between where they get the joy of a pet without the long-term commitment.”
Ms Hedley said SAFE would like to see more carers without pets come on board because it made the move less stressful for some foster pets.
Shire of Ashburton ranger Tanya Jones and SAFE employee Sara Christou with Ramsay.