Abandoned animals: back to pre-pandemic numbers

If pet adoption jumped during the pandemic, the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA) in Saguenay has noticed an increase in abandonments, especially in the past two months.

The number of abandoned pets has increased significantly compared to the past two years. The current numbers are much more similar to what we saw before the pandemic.

“Even though we have received abandonments since May due to the movements. Hundreds of animals came in. We talked about cats, dogs, rabbits. That’s why we went back to normal before the pandemic,” the general manager of SPCA in Saguenay, Mélanie St-Gelais.

The number of rabbits abandoned, however, is different from the statistics in 2019. “We have probably ten rabbits in the area. Sometimes we panic a little, a lot. But now we have about 30 small animals and sometimes it goes up to 50 guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, rats. That is why we are really seeing an increase in the level of small animals, ”he said.

At the height of the pandemic, however, new adoptions were on the rise. It’s even harder sometimes for some to find cats and dogs available for adoption.

“There seems to be a shortage of cats, dogs during the pandemic, people are turning to rabbits. People are realizing it’s not a goldfish, so sadly there are a lot of rabbit dropouts. Or people are adopting and two rabbits, but not of the same sex and that provides complete families so that sterilization of rabbits is possible and this is ideal ”, he complained.

In Chicoutimi, the animal shelter has only been back in service for four days and a number of animals have already been brought in.

Since Monday, the owner, Marc Villeneuve, has received two rabbits, three dogs and four cats.

The private animal service added to its construction with furry survivors in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, to give a second chance to animals whose owners had to be removed.

And for its part, the Alma pound has seen an increase in abandonments each year during the moves, not seeing a particular increase this year.

The owner also noted that if people had to separate an animal, for example in the case of moving into an apartment where it was prohibited, they were more likely to do so a few months in advance than at the last minute.

Hold the owners accountable

If, by mistake, you lose your pet or if someone else finds it outside and takes it to the SPCA thinking it has been abandoned, know that fees apply to make owners responsible. .

“We’re talking about impounding fees of $ 55 if the animals are taken during business hours. At night and at night, if we get the animal, it’s $ 80 impoundment. There’s also accommodation for the nights they spend. and license fees. This is the regulation of the municipality. The animal must always be controlled by its owner, therefore on his land, ”reprimanded Mélanie St-Gelais.

The SPCA in Saguenay wants to remind people of the importance of informing people of the responsibilities that come with owning a pet. The organization also wants to be optimistic.

“I, I have the impression every year that people are more saddened to be obliged to bring their animals to the SPCA. Mentality is gradually changing, but if every time we can feel another person, it is already someone who is able to change it to another person, ”said Ms. St-Gelais.

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