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DSPCA, How the recession is affecting our domestic pets.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Today we're looking at how the recession is affecting our pets, this is an ongoing issue. This is also a very timely piece as parents will be looking towards Christmas over the next few weeks so it's important that they realize how important it is to educate themselves on the animal before they buy it.

Who are the guests?

Orla Aungier, Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) - Speaking

Gillian Duffy, Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) - Assisting with animals

Are more animals coming into your shelter now that the recession has taken hold?
We are definitely seeing more animals coming to the shelter. The biggest increase by far is in dogs and horses. We are up more than 100% on horses we are rescuing from last year already. This has an immediate impact on capacity and costs at the shelter. Overall calls are up from owners looking to rehome their pets. We are also receiving calls from pet owners who can't afford veterinary care which is very distressing.

Also with more people unemployed we have seen an increase of nearly 40% attendance at our mobile veterinary clinics (subsidised veterinary care for people in receipt of social welfare)

You've brought in some animals who have been recently rescued and are looking for homes.

SUILE (Sue - la) is a 12 week old lurcher. She was found abandoned, flea infested and underweight. She is looking for a loving home and is ready to go. Full of the joys of life.

ANNIE is an ex racing greyhound. She's 8 ½ years old and was brought in as a stray having been found in Longford. Not many people want to re-home greyhounds as they think of them as working dogs and not as a family pet. They don't need anymore exercise than other dogs and are great affectionate animals.

Sometimes greyhounds are just released when they're no use anymore for racing. Sometimes sadly they even have their ears cut off due to the fact that they are usually tattooed on the ear for identification purposes when they're racing. When their owners don't want them anymore and also don't want to be identified they cut off their ears.
Belle needs an adult family. Preferably someone with experience of nursing greyhounds who doesn't have any cats.

NAMA is a little grey tom aged 6 weeks who was found in a plastic bag in Finglas aged 2 weeks old. He is currently in foster care. Nama can go into any home and cats make great pets.

TIGER was also found in a plastic bag. Tiger is unfortunately one of the hundreds of kittens we currently have in foster homes. Again Tiger can go into any home at all.

Additional information about Greyhounds and Lurchers
They are very affectionate, mellow dogs who are never happier than in the company of people. They can often be quite lazy, and if given a choice would spend their days snoozing somewhere warm in the house. Although very affectionate they are not demanding or slobbery. They rarely lick, but tend to poke their noses at you instead.

Temperaments range from sensitive to very outgoing, but always sensible, happy, sweet and affectionate. They are great with children and enjoy the company of other dogs and would be an asset in any family. A big benefit of the Greyhound/Lurcher is that they are clean with very little dog odour. Their coats tend to be short and fine and fine with usually only a single layer (which means no undercoat), this means they need little grooming and importantly, because of very little fur loss they tend not to be a problem like some other long coated breeds for people with asthma or allergies.

They are clever, independent dogs, which means they can quickly figure out how to open gates, bins and get into places that they shouldn't be! They rarely bark excessively, and given their lazy disposition won't bother to bark unless for a good reason. One of the biggest myths is that they need large amounts of exercise, this is simply untrue. They need no more exercise than any other dog. All dogs regardless of breed, should be walked or exercised and allowed off the lead at least twice a day in a completely secure area. Once let off a lead, greyhound/lurchers tend to tire themselves out as they love to run and chase.

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