SPCA struggles to find homes for unwanted pets
INUNDATED ‘PET FOR LIFE’ PLEA FALLS ON DEAF EARS
WICKLOW SPCA have been inundated with unwanted pets over Christmas as they struggle to find new homes for hordes of dogs found abandoned outside Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary.
Each Festive season animal welfare organisations issue warnings reminding members of the public that a pet is for life and not just for Christmas, but once again their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
At the moment the sanctuary is so jammed staff have to have to double up two to three dogs per cage. With a total of 55 dogs to try and re-house, most of whom arrived prior or directly after Christmas, WSPCA P.R.O Joan O’Neill says the organisation is struggling to cope.
‘It’s so sad to see. We are absolutely full to the brim. Even before Christmas we were dealing with a large amount of dogs and now it’s just gotten worse. Dogs are being dumped outside Sharpeshill or tied up nearby and our staff happen to find them coming to work in the morning.’
Now the organisation find themselves in difficulty as they have to cope with a huge influx of abandoned pets and their welfare, while also trying to find suitable homes for the pooches.
‘It’s particularly hard on the more intelligent dogs. They get very frustrated. We have a lovely Collie that has chewed off nearly 70 per cent of his tail,’ adds Joan.
The freezing weather conditions have also mean’t that some of the smaller, more vul- nerable dogs have to be kept in the laundry room overnight in order to keep warm.
Most worryingly of all is the fact that the turn-over this year of people willing to adopt the animals has proved very low, with the credit crunch one likely reason.
Joan explains, ‘we have had pet owners and families giving us their dog because they no longer have anyone at home to mind it. Usually one of the couple staid at home but now they need both incomes because of the credit crunch.’