Pets dying to find a new home

Chelsea Leader; Rebecca David; 15 Nov 2010

THE Keysborough Animal Shelter has joined a growing campaign to change state rules requiring shelters  (CAN: in Victoria) to kill animals not rehoused within 28 days.

Under Department of Primary Industry guidelines, dogs and cats selected for sale can only be held at shelters for four weeks. After that time they must be adopted or killed.

Online campaign Stop the Clock is calling for the abolition of a time limit.

Should the four-week time limit be abolished? Tell us below.

Volunteer dog walker Denise Harrison said some animals needed longer to be adopted.

“It seems unfair to impose a time limit. I don’t see why anyone would think it was a bad idea to change the rule,” Ms Harrison said.

“It can take a little bit of time for shelters to find the right family and sometimes larger dogs need every one of those 28 days.”

Keysborough Animal Shelter treasurer Christine Giles said the refuge supported a rule change.

“We would like to see it changed,” Ms Giles said.

She said the shelter’s large open spaces and numerous volunteers ensured animals were well cared for.

“We have big exercise yards. Every dog gets out for exercise at least once a day,” Ms Giles said.

Victoria is the only state in Australia that imposes a limit on how long shelters can keep dogs and cats before adoption.

Animal Aid general manager Nell Thompson said the restriction did nothing to improve conditions.

“It can force shelters and rescue services into having to play an adversarial role with the community and their supporter base,” Ms Thompson said.

Should the four-week time limit be abolished? Tell us below.

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  1. companionanimalnews

    Some reader comments:

    “Victoria is the ONLY state to have a 28 day rule… why do we need it? Simple, we don’t. Shelter managers should be able to access each case.

    My dog was adopted from an interstate shelter where he had been for many months. He’s the best dog ever, goes camping, doesn’t try and get out, even if a gate was left open! The heirachy in the DPI and the politicians who allow the policies need to have a very hard rethink. Once the general public knows what really goes on in Victoria they will be shocked.

    We allow puppy farmers to churn out puppies keeping the breeding “stock” in miserable conditions often with little or no vet care. Yet we impose all sorts of spot inspections and arbituary rules on rescue groups. Blood ludicrous. Work on the root problem. Puppy farmers and people who don’t desex their dogs. Don’t pick on the rescue groups because they are easy targets!! They are trying to pick up the pieces.” Sharyn

    “yes the 28 day time limit should be abolished, Vic is the only state in Aust that seems to in such a rush to euthanise its animals. I think you can tell a lot about people by the way they treat the most vunerable members of our society and our politicians have been very quiet about their policies. I believe there is new legislation that could close down some rescue groups because they dont fit nicely into the new rules, some councils are already using it to euthanase animals, even when there are rescue groups wanting to take animals and rehome them. We have to ask the Bureau of Animal Welfare to be proactive in making sure rescue groups have the right to save a animal that would otherwise be killed. For more information, Dog Rescue Association of Victoria (DRAV) website or they have a facebook page”. Michelle

    “Why is Victoria the ONLY STATE IN AUSTRALIA to enforce a time limit on homeless animals in shelters? It is very clear that we have a serious problem with the politicians creating the guidelines & rules that are causing the deaths of thousands of healthy animals every year.

    This must end. We can’t allow a law like this to stay in place with so many willing shelters, foster carers, volunteers, rescue groups & staff willing & able to solve this problem that needn’t even exist in the first place.

    It’s unfair to the animals & to the people being stopped from helping them at the time when they need it the absolute most.” Mia

    “These animals need all of the help they can get and to only allow 4 weeks before killing them, well that is ridiculous. Other states don’t infringe such tough restrictions why should Victoria? Come on govt authorities have a heart by giving these defenceless creatures a better go.” Heather
    “The 28 day rule is a disgrace and clearly needs to be removed. Why should perfectly sound adoptable animals be killed simply because a deadline had been reached. I am astounded that such an outdated cruel law continues to exist in our society” Felicity

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