P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety launch­ing aware­ness pro­gram

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ISLAND WEEKEND -

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.

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