Pet rescue is more important than ever—especially now with the boom in COVID puppies. There are people who decide they want to breed one litter out of their dog or cat, and unfortunately have a lot of trouble finding homes for those dogs. That’s when we see those dogs ending up in local rescue homes.
It’s important that instead of breeding a litter from your pets, you look to the local pound and councils, and consider re-homing and adopting from those programs. Already there are too many animals being put into those shelters. We have a kitten rescue program at Pet Medical. We don’t have a dog rescue program, but we work with some really good teams that help us re-home some animals.
Pet rescue in action
We see a lot of cats that are having big litters and unfortunately, they get abandoned. We’ll take on the litter kittens, desex, microchip, vaccinate and worm them, and then we find them new homes. It keeps our nurses very busy.
With puppies, the issues are often slightly different. Often people get puppies without doing their research to find out if that breed of dog is going to suit them and their family, and their lifestyle. But if you are thinking of getting a puppy, that research is very important.
Too often we see people realising three months down the track they can’t manage that particular pup. Unfortunately, that’s when we see them ending up in dog shelters. So I can’t stress enough that you should always do your research before you get a puppy.
Also make sure you’re always doing puppy preschool and obedience training for your pet. Often the reason dogs end up in shelters is simply a behavioural issue. The pet is bored at home, so they might be chewing or barking—while this is seen as poor behaviour, it’s them simply wanting attention because they’re lonely.
Helping COVID puppies
One of the side effects of the recent pandemic has been a boom in puppy adoptions. My impression is that has happened during the lockdown periods because everyone’s got extra spare time, and all the family are at home, and might be a little bit bored.
We’ve had an overwhelming number of new puppies present at the clinic. We’ve actually had to increase the number of puppy preschool classes that we’re running now. We had to create a new puppy socialisation day. Recently I spent a whole day just vaccinating puppies—eight hours of vaccinating puppies. It was a really good day.
I know a lot of the local breeders have waiting lists of people who are still wanting puppies. Which is a wonderful thing—but please make sure the puppy is right for you, your family’s lifestyle, and your home. We look forward to seeing them at our puppy preschool!