We all blogged about keeping pets safe during 4th of July weekend, one of the busiest weekends for shelters. Between fireworks, travel, and other holiday happenings, frightened pets end up in shelters, and shelters become inundated with animals. The reason this is so harrowing is because many shelters will euthanize animals because they don't have the room to house them all. They rely on rescue organizations and partnering shelters to take as many of these animals off their hands as possible to help with the overflow.
I want to share an excerpt from an email I received from my Volunteer Coordinator today, to give you an idea of how overwhelming it can get for a shelter following a weekend as busy as 4th of July weekend:
I'm sure you have heard or seen some news clips regarding all the run-away dogs who have been brought to our shelter after the Fourth of July. Almost 200 animals in just less than three days have entered our shelters. Our kennels are just about completely full.
We could really use your help with spot-cleaning and watering our animals. Kennel staff will be as busy as ever with our customers who are coming in looking for their lost pets. If you can come in to help during this very busy time, it would be most appreciated......"
An additional 200 animals in under 3 days?! The enormity of that number blows my mind. Imagine how difficult it is for a shelter to be inundated with the intake of that many homeless animals in under 3 days!
This is just one reason why it's so important for us bloggers to continue to be vigilant in educating readers about pet safety. Even when it feels like overkill, it isn't. Just when you think everyone out there already knows what to do to keep their pets safe, you hear about shelters being inundated with lost pets.
One of the things I'm really adamant about is encouraging everyone to microchip their dogs and cats. I'm like a broken record, constantly urging people to microchip their pets! When an animal enters a shelter the first thing shelter staff does is look for a collar with updated tags and scan for a microchip. Collars can easily break off or be removed. I've seen terrified dogs suddenly slip out of a collar or harness like they were Houdini!
It's joyful when a pet enters a shelter with updated tags or a microchip and an owner can be identified. It's heartbreaking for the majority of pets, whose owner can't be identified because there are no tags or microchip.
July is Pet Safety month! Share your pet safety tips all month long.
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