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The Nova Scotia SPCA has seen an increase in pet surrenders compared to last year

By Joe Thomson Sep 6, 2023 | 4:30 PM

Source: SPCA Facebook

The Nova Scotia SPCA says pet surrenders are up compared to this time last year, and that they only have so much space to care for all of these animals.

Provincial director of animal care, Sandra Flemming, says there ae currently more than 100 pets under the care of the SPCA across Nova Scotia. She attributes the increase in surrenders to the financial strain that having a put is putting on people amid the rising cost of living, forcing people to make difficult decisions about their pets.

“We’re seeing people for the first time using the reason of cost of living and access to care in terms of being able to afford things such as food and litter, and access to veterinary care,” said Flemming.

Some pet owners have also struggled to keep their pets do to issues with housing security. Many rental units don’t allow pets and with rent prices so high, people don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing where they live based on if it’s pet friendly or not.

Fleming wants Nova Scotians to know that the SPCA does have programs in place to support people struggling with the financial aspect of pet ownership. Such as their pet pantries located in all six of the shelters in the province, offering pet food and litter to help families get by.

“We also have our paws and support program which is for people that need short term housing for their pets,” said Flemming.

She adds that they’ve had to keep some spaces on the paws and support program open for people who have been displaced by this summer’s wildfire and flooding disasters.

If you want to help out, Flemming says the SPCA is always looking for people to foster pets, especially dogs. Additionally, Flemming is encouraging people to adopt a pet if they’re able to.

“We’d love to see people that have the ability to adopt right now to come into our shelters and to look online on our website and see if there’s an animal that calls to them and would like to bring them into their family,” said Flemming.

If you still want to help, but don’t have the means to foster or adopt, the SPCA always accepts donation which can be made by following this link.

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