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On October 4 the World day of animals ( by of World of Animal of Day), on Russian-speaking space also known as the World day of protection of animals is celebrated. And activity of shelters is directly connected with protection of animals.
For certain each of us has some idea of how is to dogs and cats in shelters. Some, being guided by these representations, take the pet from a shelter (and sometimes it is successful experience, and sometimes – no), and others swear that will not approach animals shelters on a gun shot. What the truth and that is the myth about animals shelters?
Of course, shelter to a shelter discord. In Russia about 150 homeless animals shelters, there is no statistics on shelters in Belarus at all. And it is not necessary to say that all shelters work by some rules. And still there are myths which it would be desirable to dispel.
In the majority of shelters volunteers spend own money (sometimes – the most part of salary) to provide wards of animals to all necessary. And if fund raising appears, then those who donate money can receive the report on what means – including with providing documents are spent for (for example, checks from vetklinik).
Volunteers often place requests for the help to the specific animals needing expensive treatment which a shelter to provide not in forces. And it creates visibility of the fact that inhabitants of shelters for animals are entirely disabled people. But happens differently, and often the former domestic dogs and cats, sometimes thoroughbred, quite healthy which just were unnecessary former owners and were thrown out on the street get to a shelter.
In good animals shelters volunteers try to look after dogs and cats, to sterilize and vaccinate them, to process from fleas and ticks, to give glistogonny, and in case of a disease address veterinarians.
The myth about what all inhabitants of shelters disabled people, we already dispelled. However to tell that all animals in shelters are well-groomed and healthy, would be exaggeration. There are often not enough hands, and it is not always possible to pay necessary attention to all wards. Anyway, if you take an animal from a shelter, first of all it is worth addressing for consultation the veterinarian.
And even if the needs for food and though some walking are satisfied, individual care is inaccessible to charity dogs and cats. So stay in a shelter is a most severe stress and serious test for any animal. And that the pet adapted in the new house, it will need time, is frequent – a lot of time. Persons interested to take a dog or a cat from a shelter need to consider it.
Yes, animals from shelters do not stand so much how many puppies or kittens from manufacturers. However to tell that keeping of a dog or cat from a shelter will cost cheaper – most often means to violate the truth. You should spend a lot of time and to make efforts to adapt the pet to life in the new house, and at first, perhaps, to liquidate consequences of destructive behavior, including damage of property. Often by own efforts not to manage and it is necessary to pay services of the zoopsychologist or the instructor.
The animals who appeared in a shelter endure the most severe stress that cannot but affect their health and behavior. And new change of the residence when they get into family – one more stress. So manifestation of problem behavior which will hardly please new owners is at first possible. For this reason dogs and cats sometimes are returned in a shelter (as a rule, within the first month) by people who appeared in the power of this myth and were not ready to show patience and to make efforts for adaptations of the pet for new family.
The round-the-clock access to shelters for all comers – no more than the myth. As a rule, animals in shelters are looked after by volunteers who have a main work allowing to do charity work, and family. So shelters are open for visits not always and most often time of a visit needs to be coordinated.
Besides, sometimes even information on a location of a shelter should be hidden as there is a danger that there the inadequate people capable to do harm to animals will visit or to steal stock.
Sometimes the people who found on the street a dog or a cat and persons interested to attach it and also trying to get rid of the pets, are indignant that volunteers of shelters refuse to accept new "lodgers" moreover allow roughness in communication.
However it should be taken into account that shelters most often contain on personal means of volunteers and donation which are not enough. Besides, the number of places in animals shelters is limited. And it is not simple to attach dogs and cats. And it is not surprising that volunteers are not glad to new wards at all and at best will make to you recommendations of how to attach a dog or a cat.
In shelters people of different age, education and the social status work, it is a lot of active and purposeful people whom you will not call losers. However volunteers very often face a dark side of human nature, for example, with extremely animals abuse. It is no wonder that some of them not the best opinion on representatives of mankind.
In good shelters are glad to persons interested to take a dog or a cat, however it does not mean that animals will be given to the first comer. Nevertheless shelters are created with the purpose to find "good hands" for the thrown dogs. Volunteers are attached to the wards and not interested at all in that the animal who they love and for whom cared got to bad conditions. So be not surprised if ask you questions of in what conditions there will live a pet in the new house, and will insist on further to keep track of its destiny.
Even in the best shelter it is impossible to find for each animal so much time and attention, love and care how many it is necessary. Therefore any dog and cat shelter – not the best place. Each dog and a cat has to have the house and the loving owner. And the purpose of shelters – to find these loving owners for each "tail".