Unwanted COVID-19 Pets Fill Vancouver Island Rescues
Pets that were adopted during the pandemic have started pouring into Vancouver Island rescues at a rate rescuers cannot keep up.
“Every day, several animals a day,” said Leah Moore of Flying Fur Animal Rescue in Parksville.
“I think this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she continued.
A 12-year-old dog was handed over by its owner to Flying Fur Rescue on Saturday because its owners wanted to take a vacation.
“This year we’ve had such an influx of people who don’t have time for their pets, their new pets,” Moore said.
“With the numbers coming in right now, it’s crazy,” said Penny Stone of the Victoria Humane Society.
Stone said the influx of unwanted pets after the pandemic was becoming his worst fears.
“Unfortunately, the situation is in crisis mode. We’re filling up, we’re overflowing, it’s very hard, we’re taking waiting lists now. For us, it’s really sad because we know that when we take these waiting lists for these animals, we’re kind of their last chance, ”Stone said.
The same goes for large animals.
Horses were auctioned off this fall in numbers they had never seen before, according to Humanity for Horses, the Duncan-based horse rescue.
“They are going to kill in record numbers right now… because of COVID… [and] drought, ”said Rebecca Sanesh of Humanity for Horse Rescue & Rehab.
This summer’s drought has resulted in forage shortages on the Prairies that have doubled the price of grain and hay.
Still, rescuing the island can no longer help the horses as the farm he is based on is for sale.
So, the nonprofit is looking for a new barn in eastern Vancouver Island that can accommodate up to 40 acres for long-term rent, but the tight real estate market adds another major hurdle with a deadline. imminent from December 15 to being out of their current property.
“What are we going to do with these little muffins here?” I don’t know where we are going to put them. We are completely lost at the moment, ”said Sanesh.
Rescues urge people to consider an animal in need if they seek to adopt it and understand the life commitment that should accompany it.
Since CHEK News first shared the story on Sunday, unwanted COVID-19 pet adoption donations and offers have been pouring in.
“The phone has rang and the number of people looking to adopt is just amazing,” said Leah Moore of Flying Fur Animal Rescue and Refuge.
Support Flows in Vancouver Island Rescue Filled with COVID-19 Pets
Leah Moore couldn’t answer all calls to help her rescue Parksville, which is filled with unwanted pandemic pets.