Heavy animal shelters should keep dogs and cats away

At the Littoral Animal Protection Society, in Saint-Anaclet-de-Lessard in Bas-Saint-Laurent, just under 80 cats and kittens live there. This number does not count those temporarily in foster care, until there are multiple places to live.

Not heard for the establishment, saying a avalanche dropout in recent months.

%”,”text”:”Le taux d’abandon a peut-être presque triplé dans les derniers mois, alors que les adoptions ont diminué sûrement de 75%”}}”>The abandonment rate has probably nearly tripled in the past few months, while adoptions have certainly dropped by 75%.reveals the volunteer and responsible for animal care, of the Littoral Animal Protection Society, Andrée Boisselle.

Andrée Boisselle is a volunteer and responsible for animal care at the Littoral Animal Protection Society.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Samuel Ranger

Last week, he recovered more than a dozen abandoned animals in Mont-Joli and the surrounding area.

Usually, the SPA du Littoral receives four to five reports per month. For the month of June, he received more than fifteen. Many take a cat, take a dog, then eventually, you don’t want it anymore, you just throw it away.the volunteer murmured.

We put it on [l’animal] on the side of the road like large pieces of furniture. […] This is very common. »

An excerpt from Andrée Boisselle, volunteer and head of animal care, Littoral Animal Protection Society

He, who has worked at the animal center since its inception in 2013, was forced to refuse abandoned cats. Those who are rejected can put their name on the waiting list. et10chats […] et ça rentre au compte-goutte [au refuge]”,”text”:”On a souvent des listes d’attente entre 5et10chats […] et ça rentre au compte-goutte [au refuge]”}}”>We always have waiting lists of between 5 and 10 cats […] and it comes to the drop of three [au refuge].

However, Andrée Boisselle ensured that no animals were euthanized due to suffocation. SPA on the Coast. Just very sick animals and cannot be recovered those euthanized.

Owners who refuse pets

This is the same story in Sept-Îles, where the SPCA The de la Côte-Nord has been on sale since March.

The director, Daphnée Gwilliam, struggles to find new families for the animals in her residence.

The SPCA Côte-Nord kennel (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada

A crisis that was exacerbated in the week of layoffs surrounding July 1, as is the case every year.

Many landlords refuse to welcome pets into their homes, forcing tenants to make a sad choice, put forward by Daphnée Gwilliam. In Sept-Îles, there are no more places to receive animals.

At the end of the phone call, we see the plight of people, who call us two or three times a day to tell us: “I don’t know what to do, I don’t have a place to live, I can’t do anything. anyone who takes my animal. Are you full, what is my solution? “ »

An excerpt from Daphnee Gwilliam, Director, SPCA North Coast

Daphnée Gwilliam regrets that Quebec is still one of the provinces in Canada where the ban on pets is allowed.

Animals covid

Andrée Boisselle was unkind to those who adopted an animal on a whim during a pandemic. You have to look beyond the day, week or month. It is necessary [être conscient] that this animal can live for several yearshe warned.

He remembers that, for example, a cat can live for fifteen years.

The volunteer even went so far as to say that some of the animals placed in his establishment were in their second and third abandonment.

Sterilization as a solution

The solution involves sterilization, according to Ms. Boisselle, to reduce the proliferation of pets.

He also explained that it is currently difficult to make an appointment with a veterinarian, which prevents some owners from sterilizing their animals, which brings many consequences, such as heat in women or men urinating in inappropriate places. According to the volunteer, this could be a factor that increases the risk of leaving.

With information from Edouard Beaudoin

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