New Westminster animal shelter is overrun and needs help

Can we accommodate a rabbit, a guinea pig, a cat or a dog? The New West shelter needs your help.

The New Westminster Animal Shelter is overrun with four-legged friends who need shelter, and he hopes you can help him.

The Queensborough-based shelter currently has 34 animals in its care – which, as animal services officer Margie Fox notes, is a very large number for a small town. Plus, he has a growing waiting list of people who have asked to return their pets and are just waiting for room: 12 cats, 11 dogs, one bird, and 10 rabbits and guinea pigs.

“The number of animals coming in is just greater than the number of animals going out, and the pace is definitely faster,” she said. “It is a problem which, unfortunately, is not only ours. We see it in many Lower Mainland shelters.

Fox said shelters are seeing fallout from the early part of the pandemic, when more people were home and more people decided to have pets. During that time, she said, many people seeking to rehome pets were able to do so without relying on the shelter system – but now fewer people are home to care for them. pets and fewer homes seem to be available.

Small, hard-to-house animals are of particular concern to the local shelter: rabbits and guinea pigs.

“They just aren’t adopted quickly,” Fox said, noting that the shelter has a pair of rabbits, Cedric and Cecilia, who have been there for a few years.

He has four guinea pigs looking for homes, as well as 13 rabbits, six of whom are in foster care – and four of them are expected to return any day. Most of them were stray or abandoned rabbits that had not been neutered or neutered.

Unneutered/unneutered pets have also caused a boom in the cat population, as the shelter is now looking for homes for 10 cats (four of which are in foster care).

“Cat adoptions haven’t been too bad, but we’re seeing a lot of kittens,” Fox said, noting that he’s worked with a number of cat owners who have found themselves inundated with “accidental litters” for s ensure that adult cats are sterilized. or castrated.

So what can you do to help?

Here’s how you can help the New Westminster Animal Shelter

Adopt an animal from the shelter

If you’re in a position to do so and are looking for a pet, don’t search breeders or buy-and-sell sites like Craigslist or Kijiji – adopt instead.

The need for homes is especially acute for rabbits, which take up much of the shelter’s resources.

You can find a current list of all adoptable pets at Petfinder website of the shelter.

Welcoming an animal waiting for a home

If adopting a full-time pet is feasible, financially or otherwise, consider fostering; the shelter would especially appreciate loving foster families for its rabbits and guinea pigs. You can find an online admission request.

Volunteer at the New Westminster Shelter

The shelter is not currently accepting new volunteers, but expects to soon; if you want to give your time, monitor the shelter’s website and social channels for details.

Donate money or pet care items

Cash donations are always appreciated and the money will go to help animals in need – like June, a dog found stray in an alley who came in ‘deplorable’ condition with eye problems, dental issues and chronic skin problems. Thanks to donations, she was able to get dental care and she underwent surgery to remove both eyes. You can donate online.

The shelter also accommodates pet food and care items: canned cat and dog food, catnip, cat litter, toys (especially extremely durable dog toys), and rabbit and pig toys. turkey.

“The community support is so helpful,” Fox said.

Share on social media and spread the word

If you can’t foster a pet and aren’t able to donate, you can still help — by sharing the social media posts and help spread the word.

Tell your friends and family about this need and share stories and messages around the world to help spread the word.

Follow Julie MacLellan on Twitter @juliemaclellan.
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