DSPCA experiencing huge surge in unwanted pets

by Alison O'Hanlon
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The DSPCA animal charity are experiencing a huge upsurge in unwanted, unclaimed and surrendered animals. The charity’s core focus is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome sick, injured and cruelly treated animals.

They are also dealing with record levels of people who wish to surrender their pets to them and currently have 848 applications on a waiting list.

The leading animal welfare charity is putting a call out to pet owners as a result to please re-consider before abandoning or surrendering their pet to any rescue centre given the large numbers which are causing a crisis in the animal rescue sector.

Part of the problem is being caused by the cost of living crisis but also owners not wanting to deal with unwanted behaviours in their pets due to lack of training and socialisation.

Ignoring illness and medical issues for fear of veterinary costs is also seeing hundreds of owners preferring to surrender their pets than pay for treatment. With overbreeding and demand for pets also subsiding post covid, animal rescue charities are under immense pressure.

Suzanne McGovern Corporate Relations Manager for the DSPCA said “Our intake of animals has never been so high. For the most part it’s dog’s cats and rabbits. Our kennels are now full and we have had to build extra space for the growing amount of rabbits and small animals.”

“It’s hard for us to describe how traumatic it can be for an animal that has just been surrendered by their owner or unclaimed. We hear their crying and it’s terribly upsetting to see them so scared, confused and wondering if their owner will ever come back for them. People can come up against hard times and we understand that but you owe it to your pets to do everything in your power to keep them with you. We are here to help and can advise on the best solution so reach out and get in touch.”

Pictured below is Phoenix the 18 month old Foxhound.

Phoenix was adopted as a puppy and surrendered by his owners to the DSPCA in early 2022. He is still waiting at the shelter to be adopted and needs an experienced, responsible dog owner who understands the breed and is willing to commit to continuous training and mental stimulation.

Featured image: Suzanne McGovern of the DSPCA with Phoenix the 18 month old Foxhound

Pictures Lorraine O’Sullivan

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