The best way to surrender a pet that you can no longer care for is to contact the Moose Jaw Humane Society.
The Moose Jaw Humane Society has seen an alarming increase in the number of surrendered pets over the past two months. Many of these animals are simply dumped on the side of the road, or – in one very recent case – left in a sealed box.
“We don’t want people to do that,” said Dana Hokas, executive director of the humane society. “We want to help you with your (pet), and if you give us some time we’ll try and make room.”
The most common scenario of abandonment involves cats, which usually damage someone’s property. As a result, they are driven to the countryside and left on a farm.
In the case of dogs, a common scenario involves a canine pet that runs away and gets lost in the countryside. In recent additions, several stray dogs have also been spotted within the city limits. No one claimed ownership of these stray pets, which meant they too were dumped.
The intake included two Great Danes, an Irish Wolfhound Border Collie mix named Gunner, and a mutt named Scotty. All four dogs were taken in within two weeks, Hakas said.
“(Our crew) got a call when it was minus 45 (C)… There were two Great Dane mixes that showed up on an acre. They wouldn’t leave, and they stayed there for 48 hours,” he said. explained.
“They were both very hungry, very thin and very scared.”
The family that discovered them didn’t know how to approach the animals, so they called the Humane Society for advice.
“It took us an hour in particular to gain (the woman’s) trust. If she was really dumped in the country, she has no incentive to trust humans anymore,” Hakas explained.
“Once we got them in the car, it was like they’d always been with us.”
The man was sadly diagnosed with cancer and had to be humanely put down, but the female Dean experienced a positive outcome.
Now named “Boo,” she has made a full recovery and was adopted by a new, loving family on February 1st. Today she is making progress, and is scheduled to be treated in the middle of the month. In such a case, the shelter covers the cost of the procedure.
During that winter in January, the shelter also learned of a sealed box containing two tiny kittens.
“It was minus 50 (C) when they were dumped,” Hokas said.
Both kittens survived the ordeal thanks to a farmer who found them and kept them warm in his warm barn. Arya and Sansa are now up for adoption.
“We’re not here to judge people. We understand that life circumstances change, and you’ve made a commitment to a pet. Maybe you lost your job, maybe That you and your spouse split up, you had to move, and your new home may not allow you to keep pets.
“We understand that completely, and we will help you.”
Hokas advises giving as much notice to the shelter as possible to anyone who wants to surrender a pet. This ensures that there is space, as the shelter does not flatter for space.
The only condition is that the pet owner is honest. It is important to know if the pills have been prescribed, and if there are any known health issues that need to be addressed.
In the case of animals with behavioral problems such as aggression, the shelter may not be able to accept them due to potential risks. In such case you can contact Gary Overs Kenneling and Obedience On 306-692-6011 to assess the situation. If he can help it, Gary Overs has a lifetime of dog handling experience and can offer private lessons.
Apart from reptiles, the shelter also accepts various species of pets. To surrender a guinea pig, rabbit, ferret, or other pet, fill out the “Cat” surrender form and note the species in the “Comments” section.
Here is the number to contact the Humane Society. 306-692-1517. The shelter is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and closed on Sundays and statutory holidays.
To obtain a surrender form, visit mjhs.ca/owner-admissions.