Most animal organizations warn people against doing this Animal gift for Christmas Without thinking carefully about the long-term commitment involved. But during the pandemic, these warnings have often gone unheeded. “Epidemic animals” have been returned and abandoned in large numbers, a development many people did not expect. Unfortunately, law enforcement has had little effect on stopping it.
Reasons why people give up pets in 2021
Some people have adopted an animal to fulfill their emotional needs and stave off boredom. Others wanted to do something to help abandoned animals in need. With reality starting now, we see that this trend is counterproductive.
People abandon animals or turn them over to shelters for several reasons:
- The owners have long hospital stays or complications due to COVID-19.
- The couples break up and neither wants the pet.
- Job loss and financial stress make caring for elderly, sick or disabled pets impossible.
- Animals have a lot of separation anxiety as countries open their doors and people leave the house.
- The “normal” life is so busy, and the owners feel guilty when they leave their pets at home alone.
- Carry unplanned and unwanted pets.
- Rescue animals show general bad habits or difficult behavior problems.
As COVID-19 vaccines give people hope that the end of the epidemic is imminent, the rate at which animals are abandoned or abandoned may increase.
This abandonment tends to be more frequent with dogs. the term “Dump the dog“ It is usually used to indicate someone is parking their car, taking their dog out of the car, tying them up or driving away quickly.
Your rights when abandoning an animal
If letting go of a pet was the right decision for you, you should know Your general pet rights.
A person can give an animal to a licensed organization unless its adoption or a fancier’s contract prohibits it. Some contracts require you to return the animal to where you got it, providing it with life-long protection from being a homeless animal. You should try to avoid breaching the contract. Many animal organizations have attorneys on staff, although the chances of them being discovered are slim.
Check your local shelter’s policy before you go – many have closed their doors because they’re within its capacity.
Resources when you can’t keep a pet
If you don’t know where to turn, consider:
- Question friends and family
- Local websites or social groups
- Local Human Communities
- Watching city animals
- Low-cost or scale-up veterinary clinics for injection, sterilization / neutering and microchips
- Pet food stores and food banks
- Veterinary care financing options (such as care credit)
- Financial aid (l ancient warrior Or patriotic Funding of the American Humane Society)
- Financial assistance for crowdfunding or veterinary care
- Pet insurance
- Local training, obedience classes, or behavioral resources
Most animal organizations will be happy to help you find a solution even if they cannot accommodate an animal at this time. In some cases, just finding a solution to part of the problem may help you keep a pet.
In other cases, the only decision that may suit you will be to legally surrender your animal to a suitable organization.
Is abandoning an animal (or trying to abandon it) illegal?
It is illegal to leave a pet on the side of the road, in a parking lot, bound or locked, or in any other way that does not demonstrate the “standard of care” for an animal. Usually this is a misdemeanor charge and is punishable with fines. In some cases, it can be accused of animal abuse, but many states still do Display pets as property.
Sadly, local law enforcement often cannot catch the owners implicated, and there is little evidence to find them after the incident.
This may change, however. Currently, Illinois is considering a bill Giving legal advocates to abused animals And follow the offenders more aggressively. Connecticut allows Law students and animal volunteers. Other countries may adopt similar laws.
Report abandoned or abused animals
If you see an abandoned animal, you can call your local rescue hotline, police, or animal watch.
The choice to take an animal with you until you can contact the shelter is up to you. If you are not trained to handle animals, you should be concerned about the possibility Dog bites. (It will be your responsibility to pay for the medical costs.)
There are also no laws that make it illegal to ignore an abandoned animal. If you have the time and capacity, make a quick phone call to report this and let the city take control. A simple call can save an animal.