February 28, 2024


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Youngwood animal rescue says pandemic pets are being returned

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YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) – The hurry to get a pet all through the pandemic is now ensuing in a good deal of animals the moment headed to new residences now remaining returned, or even worse, abandoned.

The pandemic pet abandonment challenge can be ideal summed up in this phrase: the animals’ house owners have a large amount of enjoy for their pets, just no time or dollars to acquire treatment of them.

If you are on the lookout for a new canine or cat, Heal Animal Rescue in Youngwood is the position to be. In fact, when it will come to assortment, it is really hardly ever been a much better time to get a 4-legged mate property.

“We have the ability for 30 canines and we have 30 canine,” explained Mend Animal Rescue standard supervisor Mary Withrow. “We have a whole house of cats much too.”

Withrow suggests quite a few of the animals they have ended up turned out into the street with some currently being one-time pandemic animals now viewed as burdensome to their one particular-time enthusiastic new masters. Other house owners just return the animals, complaining when they headed back again to do the job, the dog started tearing the residence apart.

“There have been persons there every day all working day and the animals get utilised to that and you gotta go back and the dog is not utilized to that and you will find a ton of separation anxiety,” Withrow mentioned. 

In some instances, pet house owners cannot afford to pay for to fork out for pet meals and vet treatment owing to skyrocketing inflation. Withrow claims there are quite a few strategies to make certain your animal is taken treatment of that never include surrender.

“There are areas that will give you free of charge food stuff if you need to have it. Individuals need to maintain that in thoughts,” Withrow said. 

There is some excellent news to report at least in the circumstance of one 4-legged ball of canine frenetic power. 1 of the shelter’s canine, Sweet Pea, once abused and proudly neglected, is going to be headed to a new dwelling.

“I just just lately moved and I was seeking to get a dog and she appeared like the dog for me,” Erin Seighman explained. 

“She just arrived to me, sat in my lap and it was enjoy at first sight,” Seighman said.

If you think you are unable to manage, feed or house your pet, Withrow states higher than all, never abandon it. Frequently situations pet dogs and cats still left in the wild or unknown areas get strike by autos and in some scenarios starve.

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