Blacktown Advocate; Write the news!; Ian Ross, Sept 30 2010
I’d like to draw attention to a regular occurrence many people would not know about, but of which they should be aware. You may know that we are now in the midst of school holidays – notice the kids everywhere, on the streets and in shopping centres?
Perhaps you’ve noticed too that traffic is a lot lighter and flowing much better?
At the local council pounds you would know that school holidays are coming some time before they actually arrive. The dogs start trickling in – more strays, more surrendered dogs, as some people relinquish themselves of their responsibilities and abandon their pets. (Well, after all, they can always get another one when they come back from holidays, can’t they?)
Sadly, many old and infirm dogs are abandoned. To those who would do this to an old faithful family pet, I hope you get what you deserve in your in your old age.
Blacktown Pound, for example, has had an increase of 50% more dogs in the past few weeks. Whereas Blacktown Pound has lately been holding re-homeable dogs beyond their statutory holding periods while there was kennel space available, they will no longer be able to do that when kennel space is at a premium. Many, mostly young, friendly, loveable dogs, who so much want to live, will eventually have to be killed to make room for others.
This places great stress on those who work at the pound and the legions of rescuers who mop up after the uncaring, irresponsible owners in our community.
Since most dogs in Blacktown Pound come from Blacktown itself, this is a huge community problem. If you happen to live next door to one of these people who will gladly discard their pet so that they are free to go off and enjoy their holidays, would you mind giving them a piece of your mind?
If YOU happen to be one who would do this, just ask yourself, what are you teaching your children? What do you think your dog (or cat) experiences being unwanted, abandoned? Do you realize that dogs experience fear and trauma much the same as you or I? Do you care? If you don’t, PLEASE do not get another pet, ever!
If you plan to go on holidays over Christmas, please think and arrange care for your pet well in advance. Did you know there are many pet-friendly holiday places where you can take your pets with you? Christmas – the Season to be Jolly? For some maybe, not so for many others.