Edmonton Animal Rescuers are running out of space and are appealing for help ahead of kitten season.
More people are returning their pets because they are returning to offices previously closed by COVID-19, and some are struggling with rising household costs, animal advocates told CTV News Edmonton.
“It’s a challenge because we always get these inputs and requests, and it’s really heartbreaking when we can’t help and when we have to say no,” said Leigh McLean of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society ( AARCS).
“Everyone has felt it one way or another,” she said of the rise in inflation.
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) sees the same thing.
“Certainly the adoptions have stalled. We have puppies on our website right now, normally they’re adopted very quickly and they’ve been sitting there for a few days,” Lori Trudgeon shared.
SCARS has 25 cats and dozens of dogs on a waiting list for help. Trudgeon said volunteer foster homes would make a big difference.
“We always need more foster home volunteers and there is a list of animals waiting to arrive, so we can help as many as we have room for.”
“It’s not just about how much kennel space we have, but also the capacity of our employees and what our donors are and that sort of thing,” McLean said.
For people considering abandoning pets, AARCS suggests seeking resources that can help address specific issues before abandoning pets.
“As far as behavior and help with things like separation anxiety…there are a lot of resources, there are on our website,” McLean said. “In terms of medical care, there are a few groups in the city that help provide medical care to low-income families.
“There are resources out there that can help with things like that, it’s just (a matter of) looking for them and finding them. (Our goal) is to have surrender as a last resort.
With files from Amanda Anderson of CTV News Edmonton