TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Some shelters and local rescue groups are seeing a significant increase in the number of pets that their owners have given up. So they are spreading the word that there is a lot of help available.
Coleen Kane is a longtime volunteer with the Pethood scheme. She has cared for over 250 dogs to rescue over the years. “In the last six months to the year we’ve seen a lot of dogs give up by their owners.”
Sheba and King are Colin’s current dogs. Both were surrendered by their owners. “Our dogs are still being adopted quickly. The average time I have a dog for a dog is about two weeks. But they come as quickly as they come out. There is always someone else who needs to wait. Lately, a lot of owners are waiting for their dogs to be delivered.”
Many suspect the pandemic has played a role in the rise, but whatever the cause, Colin says there is a long-term support system in place for Pethood scheme adopters. “Don’t give up, don’t panic, don’t feel there is no choice but to hand your dog over. They take a lot of work, and it can be a challenge, but there are a lot of people out there willing to help. I tell all the people who have adopted a dog that I have nurtured that I am always here to help, And I really mean it.”
There are plenty of resources available to pet owners in our community who need a little help. The PET Bull project in Toledo is one such project. Among other things, the nonprofit helps hundreds of people feed their animals each month.
Cindy Rinsell is the manager. “Our goal will always be how to help you keep your pet. We offer you low-cost care, low-cost training, we have free garden training during the summer months, and we have the largest pet food pantry in the Toledo area. We help about 600 people feed their pets every month.”
There are also low-cost veterinary clinics and sterilization clinics throughout the area. More than 17,000 animals in Human Ohio were spayed or neutered last year alone. “If you are struggling in one way or another, reach out to us. We are happy to try to help you find a way to keep your pet, and to let you know about all the resources available in our community,” says Cindy.
But Cindy adds that all groups that provide help can also use the help. “If you’re sitting there thinking about how we can help solve this problem, the answer is get involved. Foster, volunteer, donate, there are so many things you can do to help.” Since so many people get ahead, dogs like the King and Sheba get a second chance at a loving home.
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