THE massive increase in emigration and the excessive cost to transport pets has caused far too many pets to be left behind when families move, this according to Mazarat Animal Rescue spokesperson Carla Raaths.Mazarat Animal Rescue is a non-profit organisation which takes in dogs and cats that have been surrendered, abandoned, or rescued. The rescue provides these animals with a veterinary check-up, any medical treatment they may need, sterilisation and vaccinations.“Once the animals are healthy, then they are available for adoptions,” said Raaths.Raaths described the situation as “dire straits” as shelters are all bursting at the seams with family pets, pedigrees, and cross-breeds alike. “We are a full house — we are now running short on food to offer the animals in our care. We rely on the local community and supporters for food, funds, and donations for our rescues as we are not a funded organisation,” she said.Raaths, who said they use 12 tins per day to feed the rescues at the facility, currently have 16 cats, one kitten, and 12 dogs in their care, with more on the waiting list to come into the facility. “We feed our rescues dry food and we add a spoon or two of canned food to it for nutrition, taste, and because it helps the food go further. “We are down to our last 11 tins today, which will barely feed the rescues in our care for today,” said Raaths.In conclusion, she said that if the public would like to help them by donating a tin or few, they have collection boxes at Pick n Pay branches in Kloof (Fields Hill Centre) and Waterfall (Link Hills Centre), as well as at Once Upon A Time Charity Shop in Pineville Junction, Pinetown.“Donations can also be dropped off at the kennels, 25 Brackenhill Road, Waterfall,” she said.