A local dog rescue charity expects the number of dogs it needs to repatriate to increase as owners abandon their pets.
Hatton-based Yappy Ever After told DerbyshireLive he had already surpassed last year’s figure in the first seven months of the year.
According to the association, so far in 2021, they have worked with 120 dogs compared to 106 in 2020.
Louise Radford, who founded the association in 2015, says more dogs are more difficult to relocate due to behavioral issues caused by the pandemic and subsequent blockages.
âWe just can’t take every dog ââwe’re asked to take and it’s the same problem.
âDogs are coming in now who just haven’t been socialized to be around people.
âNow things are starting to open up and people want families and the dogs are not ready to accept them because they have been in this safe cocoon with their own families and they are suspicious of anyone.
“It’s almost like people want their lives back and a dog is a bit of a nuisance to them.”
The demand was so high that Louise had to quit her job in May to prioritize dog care.
âI just can’t cope with the number of dogs coming in right now.
âWe can’t take all the dogs bought, but we also wonder what will happen to them and there is therefore a kind of guilt.
“But it’s like an endless treadmill of dogs coming at us right now.”
Radford believes that some of the blame should be on the online sales platforms.
âUnfortunately, we now live in a disposable society.
âPeople want the perfect dog and you will only get a perfect dog if they have a perfect start and a perfect environment.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m belittling the people who send dogs to the rescue because I’m so grateful they are doing it rather than making money and selling them to the wrong hands, but think about it really very carefully. “
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