Overwhelmed Winnipeg shelter urges people to think carefully about adopting a pet

With the combined effect of the easing of sanitary measures linked to the pandemic, the resumption of activities and inflation, many people no longer have the time to take care of the animals they have adopted in the meantime.

Many people have adopted dogs and cats during the pandemic and we fear they may not end up in animal shelters again.said Winnipeg Animal Services executive director Leland Gordon.

Winnipeg Animal Services Executive Director Leland Gordon is urging people to think twice before embarking on animal adoption, as such a project can be expensive and time-consuming.

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Leland Gordon said complaints about stray cats and dogs have also surged in recent months, the same time that more Winnipeggers have returned to work.

According to him, many people did not ask themselves the right questions before making the decision to adopt.

But he believes that Unfortunately, some people haven’t asked themselves, “Do I have a stable home? Am I willing to keep my dog ​​for life? Can I afford veterinary care, vaccinations, and heartworm prevention?.

The situation is such that on Saturday, the shelter, located at 1057 Logan Avenue in Winnipeg, organized a special sale of dogs in order to find them a permanent home.

So for 175 dollars, 100 dollars less than the usual price, people have the possibility of adopting a dog with a license, a microchip, sterilization, basic vaccines, food and health insurance.

the Winnipeg Animal Services also offers people the option of keeping a dog in their home for a period of time before making the decision to adopt it.

That’s exactly what Matthew Massicotte did, caring for a German Shepherd mix for two and a half weeks before deciding he could adopt him.

I just bought a house and I’m weighing the pros and conshe said. It probably took a month to make sure everything made sense before I finally pulled the trigger.

The general manager of Winnipeg Animal Services Leland Gordon mentioned that it can cost anywhere from $50 to $80 a month to feed a dog high-quality food, while annual vaccines and vet bills can run up to $1,000 a year.

Obligations increasingly difficult to honor with galloping inflation affecting consumers.

With information from Emily Brass

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