Today the refuge was shut but we have had lots of news about the five travellers. They all arrived safe and sound and are now at Animal Trust. We will have pictures and news soon but today they will have been out having a good run about and getting to know their new environment.
Yesterday we had two arrivals at the SPA. Both young, both female so I am guessing they won’t have a long stay. First to arrive was Vanille a lovely golden Labrador cross and the next was a one year old Jack Russell.
At the moment nearly a third of our dogs are Shepherd crosses, so lets look at why so many dogs end up at the SPA.
Dogs come to the SPA for many reasons and believe me we have heard the lot! Many people buy or take on pups on impulse and when the novelty runs out they no longer want the responsibility of that pup. Others claim they no longer have time for the dog, have to work longer hours or have to move to a new home where pets aren’t accepted. I am getting divorced or my wife is pregnant are excuses we hear all the time as well as my child has become allergic to the dog. Sometimes we do hear stories where the owner is very ill or has even died and in my opinion that’s what the SPA should really be there for.
So what can we do to stop dogs being abandoned?
The first and most important thing is to think long and hard before getting a dog. The SPA encourages potential dog adopters to think carefully before deciding whether or not to take a dog home. Do your research and factor in whether or not you’ll be able to afford the dog, spend the necessary amount of time with them, and meet their mental and physical needs before agreeing to get one. Make sure nobody in the household is allergic before you bring it home, and be responsible and get your new pet spayed or neutered.
Secondly, train your dog. All dogs need training and guidance and many dogs are abandoned when they hit adolescence and their behaviour becomes an issue. If you are experiencing behavioural problems with your pet please seek advice and try to work through them. The bond you develop with your dog will really validate all your efforts.
Thirdly, be prepared to adapt to life’s changes. If you suddenly have to work longer hours or change jobs then get up a bit earlier and walk your dog, consider a dog walker or get friends or family to help . Believe me your dog would much prefer that to being abandoned at the SPA!
Mylord relaxing after his journey!
Vanille – Yesterdays arrival