Holidays and long weekends are a popular time for owners to dump their pets at shelters.
With long weekends and out-of-town trips in the works for many in anticipation of July 4 festivities, shelters across the country are witnessing an influx of owner surrenders, an unthinkable and unfortunate truth for many unsuspecting dogs and cats.
Quinter, Kansas-based rescue group SNARR (Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation,) recently shared a photo of a line running out the door at a Houston, Texas animal shelter, which allegedly features some people waiting to dump their pets before the weekend.
They released their frustrations on their Facebook page in an emotional and passionate post.
I want you all to take a good long look at this photo. And then share the hell out of it. This is the line at the…
The status update, which describes in great detail just what happens when a dog is taken to a shelter and left, offers people a look at the situation through the eyes of the pet being abandoned by their family. From the initial goodbye to their days in a kennel, and even to the final moments of the less fortunate ones who only make it out through a long last walk down a desolate hallway and into a room, where he or she will breathe their last breath is the harsh reality that SNARR wants to remind people.
It’s important to note that not everyone standing in this line was there to surrender their pooch, as many comments on SNARR’s post report that the majority of the people shown at the Houston shelter were simply awaiting low-cost spay or neuters, a service provided by the organization.
SNARR still insists that the practice of abandoning pets before holidays is a harsh reality that plagues shelters across the country, and hopes to raise awareness with the post.
According to the original post by Pet Rescue Report, the Houston BARC shelter currently has 230 dogs and 133 cats available for adoption, a number that shelter staff and volunteers work to keep low through their tireless efforts. To decrease further intake, both the shelter and SNARR recommend that people seek alternatives to surrendering their pets, which include reaching out to breed specific rescues, as well as their community, friends, and family, especially if in need of a short-term solution.
While many people are disappointed that SNARR took this photo a bit out of context, they wanted to drive home the fact that animal shelters around the country take in astounding numbers of surrendered pets, especially around the holidays.
If you want to help, SNARR always suggests fostering, volunteering, transporting, donating, and educating others on the benefits of spay and neuter, to prevent more unwanted pets down the road.
Does your local shelter see an influx of animals surrendered near the holidays? Tell us in the comments below.
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