Kennels prepare for a surge of unwanted pets

Kennels prepare for a surge of unwanted pets

Kennels prepare for a surge of unwanted pets

First published in Local News

ANIMAL shelters are gearing up for their busiest time of year.

With the festive season over, shelters are waiting for the end of January when they have a surge of pets dumped on their doorstep.

Tom Millson, manager at Acres Way, in Thundersley, said: “It is the busiest time from then until February. That seems to be when everyone has had enough of their dogs.

“Who knows why. Sometimes it is down to the expense, other times people have taken on a dog that hasn’t got the right temperament and they have children.

“Other times you find, like one this week, the owners have moved house to a rented flat and dogs aren’t allowed. Another time the owner has passed on and their family can’t look after them. They pretty much get left on our doorstep or a member of the public will find them.”

Acres Way can fit up to 90 dogs at any one time, although they call in help from other kennels before it becomes full.

At the moment they have around 70 dogs, but it is expected to rise in the coming weeks.

Some of the animals need immediate care.

Mr Millson said: “The majority of those brought it are relatively healthy, although some are thin and underfed or just generally dirty.

“We don’t get lots of really sick ones, only a few. It’s not nice to see, but at least we can help in most cases.”

Unfortunately, not every dog which is brought into the kennels has a happy ending.

Mr Millson said: “There are a small amount that get put to sleep because of their breed or their health or because of their temperament.

“The other week everything we had through the door had a bit of bull terrier in it. Staffies are very popular, but they require a lot of work and are very intelligent so need lots of stimulation, which not everyone can provide.”

Despite the dreaded influx coming closer, Mr Millson said he is not worried about how they will cope.

He said: “If we really do get worried about looking after all the dogs brought in then there are other shelters we can call on for help, to make room for others.

“Unfortunately, this isn’t going to change any time soon.

“If anything it is only going to get worse with the growth in population.”

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12:14pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Eric the Red says...

A proper licence for owning dogs, and all pups microchipped by law?
A proper licence for owning dogs, and all pups microchipped by law? Eric the Red
  • Score: 15

1:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

A proper licence to breed and a neutering programme for "dangerous" breeds (and their owners in some cases!)
A proper licence to breed and a neutering programme for "dangerous" breeds (and their owners in some cases!) The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 10

2:54pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Perhaps the chinese could help...
Perhaps the chinese could help... LastLaugh2
  • Score: -2

3:30pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Just put all animals down if the are not rehomed in a month. The world has more important issues than keeping unwanted animals alive.
Just put all animals down if the are not rehomed in a month. The world has more important issues than keeping unwanted animals alive. Jack222
  • Score: -4

4:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

Most of the abandoned dogs will no doubt be status symbol 'Staffies' or similar that the novelty has worn off and the benefit scrounging doobie smokin dole bludgers cant be bothered with anymore, that is until next year when someone offers then a cheap puppy and the cycle is repeated, and so on....
Most of the abandoned dogs will no doubt be status symbol 'Staffies' or similar that the novelty has worn off and the benefit scrounging doobie smokin dole bludgers cant be bothered with anymore, that is until next year when someone offers then a cheap puppy and the cycle is repeated, and so on.... Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

I blame the Christmad puppy storyline on The Archers
I blame the Christmad puppy storyline on The Archers Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Not news just an advert!
Not news just an advert! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

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