P.E.I. Humane Society launching awareness program
The P.E.I. Humane Society is launching Zorro’s Pledge, an awareness and fundraising campaign to promote responsible pet ownership and to help end companion animal cruelty on Prince Edward Island.
Zorro, a senior miniature poodle was found as a stray in January 2015 and brought to the shelter.
Zorro’s fur was matted, he was underweight, he had live fleas;, he had cysts all over his body and was missing several teeth plus much more. Abandoned, but not alone, staff provided him the longterm medical care he needed to prepare him for placement in a loving new home.
There have been multiple instances when animals have come into the society’s care under the same circumstances as Zorro’s.
Sadly, not all pet owners are responsible. The shelter and medical care of these animals becomes the responsibility and expense of the P.E.I. Humane Society. Beyond the serious medical conditions, abandonment could lead to the death of an animal. Companion animals surrendered to the society have a chance to be placed in a safe, loving home that will provide all the care they need.
So far in 2015 the P.E.I. Humane Society’s animal protection officers have investigated over 145 companion animal humane complaints.
“Our pets rely on us to take care of them, and we have an obligation to do just that. Pet ownership needs to be understood as a serious commitment and one that takes a lot of effort, but rewards us with happy and healthy companions to make our lives better.
“Part of that relationship is to make responsible decisions. If you can no longer take care of your pets; give them to a friend or bring them to the P.E.I. Humane Society, but make sure you are comfortable they will go to a good home. Abandoning pets is illegal and irresponsible and it is a breach of that promise.” says animal protection officer Jeff Barrett.