© Reuters. A dog named Summer (L) looks out from a kennel at Monika’s Doggie Rescue, a no-kill shelter where the founder says they’re stepping up possibilities as people return pets adopted in the shelters. coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, in Sydney, Australia, Aug
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Animal shelters in Australia are overflowing, and the wait time to return animals could stretch to eight months as pet owners return to work and face challenges. costs increase.
“In all my 20 years of being involved in the rescue, I’ve never seen it like this,” said Monika Biernacki, founder of Monika’s Doggie Rescue from her shelter in the northern suburbs of Sydney.
“The amount of heavy animals and shelters are desperate to get out. The number of calls, emails, texts we get here about people wanting to surrender their animals and it never ends. end… It’s heartbreaking,” she added.
Biernacki, who started the no-kill shelter in 2001, says it’s getting harder and more expensive to take care of pets.
Government data shows the price of pet-related products rose 12% in the first half of this year, more than double the price of human food and drink. The shortage of rental homes also makes it harder to find pet-friendly homes.
High school teacher Holly Medcalf bought her dog Opi during the pandemic and has spent almost AU$4,000 ($2,700.60) on vet visits.
“You have all these really nice ideas… and in reality, it’s just too much pressure and hard work,” she said.
Stephen Albin, chief executive of the Animal Welfare Society of New South Wales, said many people who have purchased a pet as their companion are now realizing the responsibilities they incur.
“COVID is a really weird time and especially in Australia where we’ve had extended lockdowns. I think quite a few people just wanted companionship so they went and had a baby. pets, they have a companion but they don’t understand what to do with a pet,” he said.
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