The Calgary Humane Society stresses the importance of neutering dogs

“We get a lot of requests for animal releases… We have a large waiting list of community animals wanting to come in and I don’t think it’s going to get any shorter at all”

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The Calgary Humane Society is asking pet owners to consider spaying or neutering their dogs to avoid unplanned litters, after seizing a total of 40 dogs from two homes with litter-covered conditions.

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One of the cases involved a planned litter that was followed by an unexpected litter, resulting in more dogs than the owner could handle, according to the company. Fourteen dogs, mostly teenagers, were seized by law enforcement officers due to poor conditions at the home.

The second major seizure involved 26 dogs from a home in similar conditions, which the company says were overrun due to uncontrolled breeding.

The seizures occurred two weeks apart and again filled the already full animal shelter.

“Puppies are cute, but they are dirty. If you’re not constantly cleaning up after them – it’s a full-time job – a house can be taken over very quickly and that’s what we’re seeing,” said Brad Nichols, Director of Operations and Application of the Calgary Humane Society.

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“Now is a good time to get the message across that farming, in general, is not a good way to make a quick buck. If done correctly, it costs a lot of money to invest in animals. And those who might have a “oops” litter, have your pets spayed and neutered.

Nichols said that problem is compounded by the pandemic and a saturated adoption market.

“We’re incredibly full right now,” Nichols said.

Early in the pandemic, shelters experienced a boom in adoptions as many people found themselves at home full time. They are now suffering the consequences of this trend.

“We get a lot of requests for animal releases… We have a large waiting list of community animals wanting to come in and I don’t think it’s going to get any shorter at all,” Nichols said.

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The Calgary Humane Society is deploying resources to accommodate seized dogs. They are also appealing for new foster families and permanent homes for the many animals at the shelter.

With fewer people adopting dogs, owners who have litters — unplanned or otherwise — are also having a harder time adopting their puppies, Nichols explained.

“So they grow in the houses, destroying the houses and making them borderline condemnable,” he said. “When animal care declines to the point of causing environmental or medical distress, that’s when we get involved. That means seizures, potential charges and bans on owning animals.

Neutering is the most effective strategy for mitigating unwanted animals. The City of Calgary and some local nonprofits offer subsidized spaying and neutering programs for those who may not be able to afford the procedure for their pets.

The Calgary Humane Society is currently fundraising to reach a goal of $100,000 for the shelter’s facilities improvement project. The $100,000 raised will be matched by a long-time donor.

“The shelter’s $14.3 million expansion will benefit the animals that spend time here and allow us to better serve our community with meaningful programming and events,” Carrie Fritz, executive director, said in a statement. press on the fundraising campaign.

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