So far this year, the number of pets released to Toronto shelters is up 75% from the first half of 2021, due to residents returning to the office and rising pet costs. company.
According to Toronto Animal Services (TAS), 709 pets, including cats, dogs and others, were donated to city shelters from January 1 to June 23 this year, compared to 404 during the same period. last year.
TAS says the spike in pet abandonments is due to a number of reasons, including many people returning to work as COVID-19 conditions improve.
“…Many people who had obtained pets during the COVID-19 pandemic may now have to return to work and therefore cannot keep their pets. In the case of dogs, some dogs may show symptoms of separation anxiety if their owners have to return to work on site and this can also contribute to owners abandoning their pet dogs,’ TAS said in a statement to CP24 on Tuesday.
TAS added that the cost of pet food and care has increased dramatically over the past year, making it difficult for many residents to keep their pets.
He also said that many large, high-energy breeds have been turned over to city shelters and are ready for adoption.
“When adopting a dog, it is important for pet owners to consider the size of the dog as well as the requirements of the breed. Some owners may underestimate the amount of training and exercise required for large breeds,” TAS said.
The agency says there is currently a waiting list for pet abandonments due to the large number of dogs that have been abandoned or strayed and have never been claimed.
In response to the growing number of animals in the shelter system, the city has launched a short-term and long-term foster program to find homes for pets in need.
TAS also has initiatives to help residents keep their pets because they believe the best place for a pet is with its owner.
Last week, TAS hosted its first mobile chip truck of the year, providing pet microchips, pet licenses and rabies vaccines at a reduced cost.
The next chip truck event is scheduled for July 27 at Breakaway Community Services. Free cat and dog food is also available at the truck while supplies last.
TAS also has a SNYP truck that provides sterilization services to dog and cat owners in low-income households.
Residents with a household income of less than $50,000 should schedule an appointment for the SNYP truck by calling 416-338-6281 or emailing [email protected]
Animals that are available for adoption can be found here.