7 pm Project June 16 2011
Tonight, the 7PM Project takes a look at the ongoing issue of the fate of animals in animal shelters.
Millions of Aussie homes own companion animals. But hundreds of thousands of animals end up in animal shelters every year. If no home can be found for them, they are put down.
Many factors lead to the huge numbers being dumped at shelters, including unwanted litters borne by animals that haven’t been desexed, and poor identification or registration of pets making reunion with ‘lost’ owners difficult.
Many owners also find that the adorable puppy or kitten who pawed longingly at them in the pet shop window has grown into a mature animal that they are unwilling, or unable, to keep.
Less appreciated, perhaps, are the reasons why so many animals never make it back out of the shelter.
Consumers persist in buying pets from highly-visible pet shops, which in many cases support a breeding industry at the expense of the lost souls at the local animal shelter.
The image problem doesn’t help: some people perceive animals rescued from shelters inevitably as mongrels, runts, perhaps unruly or flea-ridden.
In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Many animals in shelters are pure-breeds, or at least as adorable as any cross-breed available from a backyard breeder or pet shop.
In many cases, they’ve been wormed, spayed and toilet-trained. Shelters such as those run by the RSPCA also give temperament and health checks to ‘inmates’ to make sure they’ll be good pets if they ever get parole.
If you want to do your bit to rescue an animal, you can start at http://www.petrescue.com.au/.
And, hey… spare a thought for the ugly ones.