Don’t put down your dogs — SPCA will take them

2009-05-07 00:00

In the article, “More animals being put down in financial squeeze”, quoting SPCA public relations officer, Maureen Vida, who expressed concern at the mounting pressure on the organisation, the impression may have been created that the SPCA would rather people who can no longer keep their pets have them euthanased than bring them into the SPCA.

“We encourage anyone in this situation to bring their pet to the SPCA where every effort will be made to rehome it,” said Vida yesterday.

“Although many people prefer to adopt a more mature dog or cat, it is sometimes difficult to rehome very old animals. It is also unfair to expect an elderly pet to adapt to a new home and often the kindest alternative is humane euthanasia. This will be discussed with the owner.”

Vida said although the number of strays and donated pets has increased dramatically, it is only when the SPCA kennels have reached saturation point that the euthanasia option is necessary and that is based on the time the cat or dog has been in our kennels and its ability to adapt to, for some, a stressful confinement.

“The downturn in the economy, soaring prices and emigration together with a marked increase in the numbers of strays and donated animals has impacted on the financial resources of the SPCA, but no animal will be turned away and we will continue to do the best we can for every animal that passes through our gates,” said Vida.

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