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Dogs, cats dumped

Friday, 7th January, 2011

Taking on a pet can be a serious business and RSPCA Shelter Manager Merridy Wall is asking people to think carefully Taking on a pet can be a serious business and RSPCA Shelter Manager Merridy Wall is asking people to think carefully

More than 100 animals were surrendered to the RSPCA over the Christmas break.

From December 20 to January 5, 108 animals were handed in or found as strays.

The local RSPCA Shelter manager, Merridy Wall, said most were dogs and the majority of the strays were cats.

“The majority were kittens, we have lots and lots of kittens,” Ms Wall said. She said the cats stay at the RSPCA and the dogs go to the Council pound.

The most important thing people can do to help is de-sex their pets. “A lot of cats are handed in, all of these kittens, do not find homes ... there is a low percentage of cats who find homes,” Ms Wall said.

She said if you find it too hard to handle a new pet it is always better to surrender them. “We can’t guarantee homes (but we) do behavioral assessments and vetchecks,” she said.

“Litters of puppies and cats that are given away aren’t desexed. You may think you are getting a good deal but the cycle just goes on.

“(At the RSPCA) everything is done (micro-chip-ping, desexing, vaccination, worming) for the first 12 months of a pet’s life.”

Ms Wall said people had to realise that a pet was a permanent addition to a family and doing research before buying one was vital.

“A pet is for life, there are ongoing costs which don’t just stop once pets have been desexed and vaccinated,” she said. 

“A lot of people find they can’t really afford it, each different breed can cost more. “See if it will fit into your budget ... they can be expensive and it’s not justeveryday needs but emergencies. 

“People can’t afford treatment and have to surrender them which is sad on both parts.”

For more information contact the RSPCA shelter on 8087 7753. 

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