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Summer pet crisis: owners dump their dogs at the pound when they go on holiday

Dogs are given to pounds by owners who go on holiday dog-cat-angry
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Many dogs are facing an unhappy summer as heartless owners abandon their pets when they jet off on holiday. Many dog owners just don’t want to pay for putting their pets into kennels.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 08/07/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:44

Many dogs and cats are discarded by their owners because there is often no one to look after them during the holiday period. During the summer season, many animal welfare charities are on alert, expecting a huge rise in the number of tragic abandonments.  Many pets are left on the scrap heap because owners are not willing to pay for holiday kennels.

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Garrett Shine, a vet in County Louth, Ireland, has witnessed an enormous increase in the number of tragic desertions, especially with owners booking their holidays earlier in the year, then realising they don’t want to pay for someone to look after their pet. Garrett stated that some owners will even tell you directly to your face that they are handing their dog over to the rescue centre, rather than pay for their holiday boarding.


Welfare charities left to pick up the pieces

There is a huge strain on the resources of many animal welfare centres especially during the summer. Every day, abandoned pets are dumped outside animal centres and pounds, left at the side of the road and even discarded in boxes. Quite often, by the time summer comes around, pets given as Christmas presents have lost their novelty value. Irresponsible owners don’t want to find a carer or kennel to look after their cat or dog while they’re away on holiday, but abandonments certainly spike during the summer season.

If you are considering getting a dog, please consider the other incidental costs you will need to pay, in addition to food and vet’s bills. If you plan to go on holiday, factor in a realistic cost of a dog sitter or boarding kennels too. Or why not take your pet on vacation with you too!