Animal shelters are struggling

Halle, a Bichon Cross with Deirdre Damesco Wall

PROTECTING Pound Dogs in Kilkenny and animal shelters across the country are struggling in the face of Covid-19.

With the current restrictions in place the normal rate of adoption and rehoming is not taking place.

Animal rescue centres have predicted a surge in returns of animals following lockdown and a spike in cat and dog litters. Fundraising has ground to a halt adding further pressure to the rescue centres.

Petmania Kilkenny has launched a Food Appeal to help Protecting Pound Dogs in Kilkenny and its seven struggling rescue partners across Ireland.

A Food Appeal will be carried out instore and via the pet stores’ ‘carry-to-car’ service.

Customers can make a food donation in-store with proceeds going to Protecting Pound Dogs.

Kilkenny Animal lovers are also encouraged to go to Petmania’s dedicated GoFundMe page via to raise much-needed funds for its shelter partners including Protecting Pound Dogs Kilkenny.

The Department of Food, Agriculture and Marine (DAFM) has advised rescue centres to limit the movement of animals which greatly impacts on the shelter’s ability to carry out vital home checks and rehoming of animals whilst in lockdown.

Tiger Kazzaz, aged 9, and Cockapoo Reilly

Increased pressure

Additionally, the (VCI) Veterinary Council of Ireland has advised vet practitioners to carry out emergency procedures only, which does not include neutering and spaying.

Pet Shelters are predicting the measures will result in a surge of unwanted cat and dog litters and increased pressure on the charities limited resources.

Fears are growing amongst the shelter community that new pet-parents, who have adopted an animal during COVID-19 from private breeders whilst working from home, have not fully considered the long term impact of caring for a cat or dog.

It is predicting a spike in returns once the restrictions are lifted similar to that seen after Christmas each year.

Rescue centres are facing financial hardship as a result of the Pandemic. While costs continue to mount up, many of the shelters’ flag days, fund raisers and adoption days have been cancelled.

Some animal shelters have responded by setting up a waiting list and the Irish pet store is supporting its shelter partners with a food appeal and its GoFundMe donation page where customers can support the partner charities.

Emily Miller of Petmania Kilkenny told The Kilkenny Observer:

Notable increase

“We have had a notable increase in enquiries about cat and dog adoption, now that people are at home.

“We would strongly recommend that families wait until restrictions have been lifted before welcoming a dog or cat into the family.

“Animals are most wonderful companions and we encourage people to fully consider the long-term impact of pet-parenting, and if they will be able to continue to care for their new pet after life returns to normal.

“If people want to help, they can add an extra bag of food to their in-store or ‘carry to car’ orders, which we will pass on to our animal shelter partners on their behalf.

“We would be thrilled if customers would consider leaving a small donation on our GoFundMe page for Protecting Pound Dogs Kilkenny to support their great work.”

Pet stores are essential retailers and Petmania’s 12 stores remain open across the country.

It is now offering a carry-to-car-service to help customers get essential health and nutrition supplies safely without leaving their car.

Simply call Petmania Kilkenny to place an order. The staff will deliver to the car.

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