By Cassandre Baillargeon
ANIMALS. The month of April begins strongly in the Drummond Humane Society (SPAD), as the organization notes a significant increase in canine entries.
“Since COVID has been abandoned for a while, we have had a lot of dogs again,” said SPAD Director General Philippe Labonté.
For him, as for other animal welfare organizations, the current increase is far from a surprise. “What we were afraid of the famous COVID dogs, we were right to fear,” he says.
For the past two years, the sale of dogs has been very lucrative on the Internet with, among other things, waiting lists and a significant increase in prices. Some buyers even resold the dog they had just purchased when they could no longer afford it, the general manager reveals.
He has already seen a four-month-old puppy that in so many months had had four different owners.
However, the popularity of the market is starting to falter, which has a direct impact on the SPAD. “The chain is starting to land because there are far fewer requests for the adoption of dogs, so it means that people, unable to sell them, come to take them to the SPAD,” says Ms. Good.
The latter also recommends that the population get in touch with the shelter before going to take their animal to leave it. “The ideal in these situations is to wait as long as possible and make sure that the shelters are not overflowing before coming to bring your own animal. Sometimes keeping it for a few more months can make all the difference, ”he says.
The impacts of telecommuting to control
The intensive market in recent months combined with compulsory teleworking has also played a part in the increase in the number of dogs admitted to SPAD since the beginning of 2022.
“Since the spring, precisely when the measures decreased and teleworking was less and less requested or required, we noticed an influx,” says Philippe Labonté.
Based on their experience with animals, it is critical that owners take time with their pet to ensure that the separation between teleworking and return to presence is smooth.
“The animal is used to this routine. If someone adopted a dog in June 2020, it will be two years since the animal has been with it all the time and suddenly the person walks eight hours a day. It is true and certain that behavioral problems can start and this is where it can happen that the person can no longer keep the animal because he is not used to being alone “, says Mr. Goodness. .
It offers owners to desensitize their dogs to their constant presence by leaving their pet alone for short periods to get used to it. He also suggests placing the animal in a more restricted area, such as a cage or a particular room to prevent damage to the house.
These measures, according to Mr. Labonté, are for the owner to “continue to love” his four-legged friend as the main behavior problems are usually barking and damage to the house. In addition, with this method, people reduce the separation anxiety that can be created in animals with a sudden change in routine.
Lack of training
Mr. Labonté reminds us of the need to understand the implications of caring for an animal. “It should not be adopted when you are not 100% sure that you will be able to spend the next 15 years with the animal,” he said.
The latter mentions that in recent months SPAD employees have noticed a lack of training in the dogs that arrive at their facilities. “We noticed a lot of dogs coming here at the age of one and they haven’t seen anything, they’re not clean.”
This lack of education has a direct impact on the work of the organization’s employees, as these animals will require more time and resources to be able to be adopted.
In more complex cases, the SPAD does business with “rescues”, or more specialized shelters than them, to take care of the animal to train it for the time it takes.