How you can help with pet home­less­ness

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(NC)

Aleadin­gan­i­mal wel­fare or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ports that home­less­ness is a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem na­tion­wide and while Cana­di­ans are com­pas­sion­ate to man’s best friend, new data il­lus­trates that many of us don’t un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem. Sim­ple ac­tions on our part could change this how­ever.

The 2014 Shel­ter Pet Re­port (by PetS­mart Char­i­ties of Canada) found that while 73 per cent of peo­ple say that pet home­less­ness is at least some­what im­por­tant to them, an equal num­ber of peo­ple ad­mit they do noth­ing to help solve the is­sue in their com­mu­ni­ties. Would you like to make a dif­fer­ence?

Ad­di­tional data shows that more ed­u­ca­tion is needed to ad­dress some of the ba­sic mis­con­cep­tions sur­round­ing an­i­mal adop­tion. For ex­am­ple, the study found that the main bar­rier to adopt was that peo­ple wanted a pure­bred (23 per cent). This sug­gests that peo­ple are un­aware of ‘breed-spe­cific’ res­cue groups as well as the on­line re­sources for shel­ters that al­low fil­ter­ing by breed or type. Did you know, for ex­am­ple, that one in four pets avail­able for adop­tion is a pure­bred? Ad­di­tion­ally, most peo­ple (66 per cent) un­der­es­ti­mate the num­ber of pets who are eu­th­a­nized in Canada ev­ery year. That num­ber is es­ti­mated to be 70,000.

“We could end pet home­less­ness within a gen­er­a­tion if many more peo­ple took ac­tion to­day,” says Julie White, the se­nior di­rec­tor of pro­grams, grants and field ini­tia­tives at PetS­mart Char­i­ties of Canada. She adds that she is es­pe­cially en­cour­aged by re­cent in­creases in adop­tions and the fix­ing of pets — trends that will hope­fully mo­ti­vate more of us to lend greater support to lo­cal shel­ters and res­cue groups. White en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get in­volved in the fol­low­ing ways:

spe­cific res­cue groups if your heart is set on a pure­bred. pets so that there are no un­planned lit­ters. There are many low­cost op­tions avail­able. lo­cal shel­ters and res­cues, we can help find a life­long, loving home for ev­ery pet. is PetS­mart Char­i­ties of Canada, for ex­am­ple. It funds hun­dreds of lo­cal an­i­mal wel­fare groups that of­fer adop­tion and spay/neuter pro­grams in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at pets­martchar­i­ties.org.

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