By Cassandre Baillargeon
ANIMALS. The month of April was a strong start for the Drummond Humane Society (SPAD) as the organization marked a significant increase in canine entries.
“Since COVID is small, we have started a lot of dogs again,” reports SPAD director general Philippe Labonté.
For him, like other animal protection organizations, the current rise is not a surprise. “What we fear about the famous COVID dogs, we are right to be afraid of,” he said.
Over the past two years, selling dogs has made huge profits on the Internet with, among other things, waiting lists and a significant increase in prices. Other buyers even sold the dog they had just acquired when they could no longer care for it, the general manager revealed.
This one has already seen a four month old puppy with four different owners over several months.
However, the market popularity is starting to weaken, which has a direct impact on SPAD. “The chain is already starting to land because there are fewer requests for adoption of dogs, then it means that people, who can’t sell them, will come and take them to us at SPAD,” he explains. Ms. Goodness.
It was also later recommended that the population contact the shelter before bringing their animal to leave. “The ideal in these situations is to wait as long as possible and make sure the shelters aren’t overcrowded before coming in to bring your own pet. Sometimes storing it for a few more months can make a difference. , ”He said.
The effects of telework to monitor
The intensive market in recent months combined with compulsory telework has also shared some responsibility for increasing the number of dogs welcomed by SPAD since the start of 2022.
“Since the spring, when the steps have decreased and teleworking is less demanded or needed, we have noticed a surge”, Philippe Labonté explains.
According to his experience with animals, it is necessary for owners to spend time with their animal to ensure that the separation between teleworking and return to presence is done smoothly.
“The animal has become accustomed to this routine. If someone adopts a dog in June 2020, it will be two years that the animal is always with them and all of a sudden, the person leaves eight hours a day. It is certain and certain that behavioral problems can start and there it can happen that the person can no longer keep the animal because it is not yet accustomed to being alone, ”said Mr. Labonté.
She offers owners to desensitize their dogs to their constant presence by leaving her pet alone for short periods of time so she can get used to it. He also suggested placing the animal in a more restricted area such as a cage or a particular room to avoid any damage to the house.
These measures, according to Mr. Labonté, are so that the owner will “continue to love” his four-legged friend because the main behavioral problems are often barking and damage to the house. In addition, with this approach, people can reduce the anxiety of separation that can occur in animals with a sudden change in habit.
Lack of training
Mr. Labonté reminds us of the need to understand the implications that come with caring for an animal. “You don’t have to adopt if you’re not 100% sure that you can spend the next 15 years with the animal”, he explains.
The latter mentions that in recent months, SPAD employees have noticed a lack of training for dogs to come to their area. “We’ve noticed a lot of dogs that come here a year old and don’t see anything, that isn’t clean.”
This lack of education has a direct impact on the employment of employees of the organization because these animals will require more time and resources before they can be adopted.
In more complex cases, SPAD trades with “rescues”, or shelters that are more special than their own, so that they can take care of the animal so that it can be trained when needed.