Lethbridge Animal Shelter seeing more surrenders, fewer adoptions – Lethbridge

Taylor has been being at the Lethbridge Animal Shelter because December.

“She’s an awesome cat,” shelter animal treatment group direct Abby Oriold stated. “She’s super affectionate, not a lot of perform.”


Taylor is a single of 22 cats at the moment at the Lethbridge Animal Shelter. May 5, 2022.


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And she’s not alone. Some puppies and cats — like Taylor — have been shelter inhabitants for months.

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Starting late very last 12 months, officials say animals began coming in at a higher charge. Due to the fact February, the shelter has been functioning at overcapacity.

“I see 1st-hand the kennel strain they go as a result of on a working day-to-working day basis and how it improvements their character,” Oriold mentioned.

“There’s a higher need to consumption animals and there seems to be much less need to undertake,” Skylar Plourde mentioned.

The director of services for Local community Animal Companies sees extra and a lot more pets surrendered to the shelter and he mentioned another component is boosting figures.

“Less animals are getting claimed by their owner,” Plourde mentioned.  “Some animals even come in with identification or they’re carrying a collar and dragging a leash down the sidewalk.”

“We pick them up and no one at any time comes ahead.”

He cannot be particular, but Plourde claimed he believes persons are giving up their “pandemic pets” now that quite a few public well being restrictions have lifted.

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“People dashing out finding adoptable animals were only considering in the second, ‘Great, now the young children have a thing to do, instruct them some accountability. We can go out and stroll pet dogs in the park.’ No 1 was thinking the lengthy-term portion of that, the extended-time period fees of veterinary care,” Plourde explained.

But although the quantity of out there pets is up, the desire to undertake has not risen along with it.

“(It) utilized to be, people would be banging down the doorways to get to these puppies and we are not acquiring any interest in them at all,” Plourde explained.

He is imploring any person looking for a new pet to adopt, introducing lots of shelters are going through the identical challenges happening in Lethbridge.

“Our staff will aid to make guaranteed pets are heading to a home they won’t be returned from, obviously, and that it’s the most effective dwelling for that animal’s particular desires,” Plourde reported.

Any person fascinated in adopting is encouraged to look at obtainable animals on Neighborhood Animal Services’ website or to call the shelter.

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