‘Pandemic Puppies’ Trend Dogged by Animal Welfare Concerns

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Pet surrendering, behavioural problems, separation anxiety, and deficiency of favored attraction and grooming among the issues

Among each the chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 manufacture saw an unexpected surge successful demand: puppies.

Before COVID, shelters and rescues crossed Canada were packed to the hilt with eligible dogs, waiting for their accidental astatine a everlastingly home. When stay-at-home orders were issued, however, 1 of the hottest commodities was the summation of a furry household member. Shelters ran retired of dogs. Rescues began bringing successful planetary dogs en masse.

People began breeding their dogs to get successful connected the crushed level of what has go a booming industry, selling them for thousands of dollars much than pre-pandemic prices.

But what happens to each these “pandemic puppies” erstwhile everyone returns to work?

Epoch Times Photo Eryn and Chris Tone of Toronto adopted Phoebe, a Chihuahua mix, during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Eryn Tone)

A canine rescue volunteer, Ottawa nonmigratory Meagan Wiersema was a pandemic “foster fail”—that is to say, she ended up adopting her foster dog, Toby. Wiersema said the puppy roar saw a marked summation successful adoption applications compared to pre-pandemic times, but she worries astir post-adoption care.

“Lack of entree to veterinary services and reputable trainers volition bounds caller owners’ abilities to adequately attraction for these dogs successful the agelong run, adjacent if they are the ‘perfect owner’ successful each different way,” Wiersema told The Epoch Times.

“I’m besides [worried] astir the semipermanent interaction of wellness and behavioural issues that we volition see, arsenic determination are truthful galore caller ‘backyard breeders’ to conscionable this influx of request who don’t implicit due temperament testing, wellness checks, oregon adjacent aboriginal socialization with their puppies.”

Justine Arcand owns and operates Dogs and Compagnie boarding and doggy daycare successful Vars, Ont., and works with Freedom Dog Rescue. Although Arcand said concern has accrued since the onset of the pandemic, she is acrophobic astir the magnitude of under-socialized dogs surrendered by their owners. When inadequately socialized dogs are surrendered, it’s harder to find caller homes for them arsenic they are not bully with cats, different dogs, oregon strangers.

Epoch Times Photo Arnold, a 1-year-old Griffon premix from Egypt, is disposable for adoption done COAR. (Courtesy of Maria Gillinson)

“Socialization is key,” she said. “It’s decidedly been hard with the stay-at-home orders.”

Amanda Lewandowski Lacombe, a veterinarian astatine the Cumberland Veterinary Hospital successful Ontario, said the veterinary concern has grown importantly and they person had to bounds the fig of caller clients successful bid to support unit well-being.

“Staff [is] feeling the added accent from the request for veterinarians owed to the influx of caller patients,” Lacombe said. As a effect of improper favored socialization and deficiency of training, she said she believes veterinary behaviourists volition spot an influx of business.

Arcand echoes Lacombe’s sentiment that determination are “not capable vets for the magnitude of pets.” Even exigency veterinary clinics person reportedly been sending clients location to wait.

Another country of interest with pandemic puppies is the imaginable for separation anxiety.

“A batch of radical whitethorn find their dogs are anxious due to the fact that they haven’t taken the clip to wean the dogs disconnected them being location 24/7,” said Maria Gillinson, who runs Central Ontario Animal Rescue (COAR) successful Toronto.

“I get a batch of calls for [owner] surrenders and astatine slightest 50 percent of them are from these past 18 months. A batch of them are German Shepherds and bigger mixes, lone astir 10 months old. Now, their cute, small puppy is bigger, not arsenic cute, and isn’t manageable.”

The Kingston Humane Society is seeing a grounds fig of animals successful care, according to an article successful the Kingston Whig Standard. Gord Hunter, enforcement manager of the society, said portion they person much animals successful their attraction owed to carnal payment investigations, determination person besides been much proprietor surrenders.

“We are seeing much surrenders,” Hunter said successful the article. “It is truly coinciding with expanding numbers of vaccinations and expanding fig of radical returning to workplaces aft moving from location for extended periods of time,”.

As of Oct. 18, determination were 294 animals successful attraction astatine the Kingston Humane Society, the highest fig successful the 137-year past of the agency.

Pandemic oregon not, it’s hard to defy the emotion of furry companions.

Eryn Tone of Toronto, adopted Phoebe, a Chihuahua mix, from Gillinson successful aboriginal 2020.

“We chose to rescue due to the fact that I’ve ever had rescue dogs,” Tone said. “We don’t judge successful paying thousands of dollars for a canine from a breeder erstwhile determination are truthful galore small ones that request homes. A rescue whitethorn travel with its challenges, but truthful bash puppies, and the emotion you get from a rescue canine is similar nary other.”

Epoch Times Photo Cole, a one-year-old Retriever disposable for adoption done COAR. (Courtesy of Maria Gillinson)

No substance however you adhd a pup to your life, Lacombe has 1 elemental message.

“If I could archer a caller pandemic puppy proprietor 1 thing, it would beryllium to permission the favored by themselves for periods of time,” she said.

“Separation anxiousness is simply a superior interest due to the fact that we person spent truthful overmuch clip astatine home. There are large grooming resources to assistance enactment connected separation anxiety. I americium a hopeful idiosyncratic and anticipation that we volition spot radical seeking assistance for the behaviour concerns alternatively than abandoning their pets.”

Mariangela Mazzei

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