‘We’re definitely in a recession and we’re feeling it here,’ says humane society director

Sarnia and Regional Humane Society ‘overwhelmed’ by animals.

Executive director Donna Pyette said shelters were at capacity and so were their foster families.

“Some people have lots of litters because we don’t have enough space here because there are so many surrenders of dogs and cats,” Pyette said.

“We can house about 120 cats, we can house more if there is litter, we have probably 100 kittens in the shelter right now, we probably have as many kittens in foster care [care]. For the dogs, I believe there are about 35 and we do have quite a few in foster care.I would say we have over 15 to 20 foster [care] immediately. “

As a result, Pyette said they have stopped accepting surrendered animals, which include feral or trapped cats.

“If you need to surrender your dog or cat, you have to call the shelter and be put on a waiting list. There are about 100 animals on the waiting list right now. If you need to surrender, you won’t be in the next few days It could take weeks to get here.”

Pyette said they have identified two main reasons for the influx of animals.

“The biggest one is COVID. Now that they’ve returned to their normal routines and busy lives, they don’t have time for the animal. That dog or cat doesn’t seem to fit their lifestyle anymore.”

Because of the pandemic, many of the surrendered dogs have not been socialized, she said.

“That puts up some barriers for us. Some aren’t immediately available for adoption. They need time for us to evaluate them, they need time for us to work with them to make them available for adoption.”

Another reason, Piette said, was economic.

“With food, gas, rent and housing costs skyrocketing, it’s just an affordability issue. Do I feed my kids or the dog? Do I take my dog ​​to the vet or pay the utilities and rent?”

She said it was sad to see the family having to make these decisions.

“We’re opening health clinics to try and help people get vaccinated affordable. We’re trying to get things in place to help people, but we know that times are unfortunately tough and it doesn’t look like things will get better anytime soon. We It’s definitely in a recession and we’re definitely feeling it in the sanctuary.”

Pyette urges anyone interested in adopting or adopting dogs and cats to give them a call or submit an application.

The Humane Society is also seeking donations of kittens, cat and dog food, clay litter and litter boxes, towels, bleach and toys to help them cope with the growth.

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