SPCA strug­gles to find homes for un­wanted pets


Bray People - - Out And About At Christmas Time - Myles BUCHANAN

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.’

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