Hol­i­days bring in­flux to an­i­mal shel­ters

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

As ev­ery­one gears up for In­de­pen­dence Day and sum­mer va­ca­tions, an un­der­noted story is of­ten pets who are left be­hind.

New­ton County An­i­mal Con­trol has had an in­flux of an­i­mals be­ing dropped off or left at home this week, ac­cord­ing to Teri KeyHoo­son, An­i­mal Con­trol di­rec­tor.

In­creases in in­com­ing pets tend to hap­pen on any hol­i­day, KeyHoo­son said, as well as dur­ing the sum­mer months. She said fam­i­lies may go on va­ca­tion or take the op­por­tu­nity to move while kids are not in school. Pets can be­come too much or a bur­den in ei­ther of those in­stances, she said.

“It ap­pears to be a hard time for an­i­mals all around dur­ing the hol­i­days,” Key-Hoo­son said.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter July 4th is a high-vol­ume time, too, she said. Dogs get eas­ily scared by fire­works and may break through win­dows or es­cape from be­hind a fence.

Pets are found ei­ther by be­ing brought in by their own­ers or af­ter An­i­mal Con­trol has to go re­trieve them.

The shel­ter has crates they can use dur­ing over­flow times, but KeyHoo­son said they would rather it not come to that.

“Treat your an­i­mals,” KeyHoo­son said, “like you would treat your chil­dren.”

Photo cour­tesy of Metro Cre­ative Con­nec­tion

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