Thursday, February 23, 2012
Mention pet over-population and most people imagine huge numbers of healthy animals being put to sleep. The reality is different; at least in this country.
Animal shelters are under extreme pressure to take in more and more unwanted animals, but a lot of the time this is not straightforwardly because owners have lost interest (or, viewed more charitably, can no longer cope because of changes in their circumstances).
Many strays come into rescue because they are ill or injured and frequently the reason why an owner cannot cope is inability to fund veterinary treatment.
To live up to the pledge of saving all potentially rehomeable animals we do need to reduce the numbers of animals bred and taken on by people who are never going to be able to afford proper care, or who could cope with a few animals but not with five or six. The real crux, though, is to achieve a situation where we can always give owners of treatable pets the option of having them signed over to be treated and rehomed, or support to keep their animals if they are prepared to work with us to pay at least part of the cost.