'Tis the season for pet dumping
AS the weather warms up, so does the cat and dog breeding season, and Ballina volunteer animal carer Leanne Furlonger has been inundated with abandoned and surrendered pets.
With 15 cats and kittens and three puppies in her care, the Northern Rivers Animal Services volunteer has heard every excuse under the sun for people not de-sexing their pets.
And while she admits many of them had good intentions, she said there was no excuse for not doing so.
The result: Unwanted kittens or puppies, like eight-week-old labrador-cross Hannah.
“Unwanted pregnancies make up a large portion of our work,” Ms Furlonger said.
“People say they don't have enough money for de-sexing, they didn't get around to it, didn't know their cats or dogs could get pregnant so early, or a stray dog jumped the fence.
“Everyone seems to have an excuse, but it ends up with kittens or puppies that are unwanted and become homeless.”
However, Ms Furlonger said people in genuine financial need could apply for subsidised de-sexing through the Northern Rivers Animal Services, by calling 6681 1860 or 0427 969 871.
She also encouraged people to consider the costs involved before adopting an animal, which they could do through the service.
She said a minimum of $150 should be set aside to cover upfront costs such as de-sexing, microchipping, vaccinations, worming, collars, toys, cat cage, kitty litter and food.
“Please be a responsible pet owner and de-sex your animal,” she said.