BALLARAT Animal Shelter takes in animals off the street or from negligent owners who don’t feed, spend time or look after their pet.
The animal shelter tries its hardest to find a new home for pets where they will be loved and looked after like they should be.
The problems at the moment with animal adoption is there are simply too many animals on the street that get lost and never come back home.
Not every animal will get taken into an animal shelter and will just be left somewhere on the street.
There are large numbers of dogs and cats not desexed in rural and remote communities where there is a lack of services.
Many dogs are euthanised based on unsuitable behavior, due to not being socialised and positively trained by their owners.
A contributing factor to the euthanising of cats and dogs in shelters is the lack of identification.
The majority of cats which enter shelters have been owned, but their owners cannot be identified because they are not micro-chipped or don’t have tags. This means they cannot be returned to their owners and if not adopted, might need to be put-down.
Despite the hard work of the staff, the living conditions of Ballarat Animal Shelter are not as comfortable as they could be due to lack of funding.
That’s why the animal shelter needs the community’s help with donations.
The shelter often needs bedding, newspaper and towels for animals in their care.
If you have any of these you no longer need, go to the shelter and drop them off. They cannot accept pillows and blankets due to the mess these may cause.
To donate money, call the animal shelter and see what you need to do, or visit: ballaratanimalshelter.com.