Should New Pet Owners Ask for Help Before Surrendering Animals Post-Lockdown?

Animal shelters on Australia’s east coast are reporting a spike in the number of animals being surrendered in the wake of lifted lockdowns and eased restrictions. With long stretches of time at home, and neighbourhood walks being one of the main available activities through the pandemic, record numbers of animals have been fostered, adopted and purchased. As many are locked down and currently working from home, it’s a perfect time to bring a new companion into your life. However, one organization, the Lost Dogs Home in Victoria said many new owners were not properly considering life beyond lockdown and it has seen a 30% increase in pets being returned after being adopted or surrendered by their owners. What are your thoughts LiveTribers. Should new pet owners ask for help before surrendering animals?

Posted by on 19 Aug 2021

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    Prospective pet owners should be vetted and registered like the pets they buy. A pet is for its life and not a whim because you are lonely or bored or want to impress! Thank God for the RSPCA.All Petshops and Pet Owners should be licensed thru the RSPCA.

    Posted by mact on 19 Aug 2021

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    Agree wholeheartedly. What heartless people. Typical selfish people that seem to be everywhere these days. The council registers pet owners and all animals should have a micro chip anyway. If they surrender the dog then they must pay for the upkeep of same dog/cat etc until it has found a new home. Some responsibility should be placed onto the owners.

    Posted by coaster on 04 Sep 2021

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