Animal surrender rate skyrockets after Christmas

CAMDEN, Maine (WABI) – Animal abandonment rates at shelters typically increase after the holiday gifts.

Animals given as gifts to people who can’t or won’t care for them tend to lead to overwhelmed shelters and displaced and disappointed furry friends.

Some people find that they cannot afford the financial burden of a new pet.

Others are unprepared to deal with the sometimes unpredictable behaviors of a newly adopted animal.

The PAWS Animal Adoption Center in Camden has actually seen a drop in dropouts by offering low cost spay and neutering, operating a pet pantry, care and wellness clinic, and clinics. of rage throughout the year.

Their screening process for potential adoptees is also very thorough and they make sure that every pet comes to a house that is ready for it.

“Pets are not a gift, it’s a lifelong commitment, and a lot of people forget that there are families who plan it well in advance and they’re just waiting for that special occasion to give the gift.” , so there’s that, but a lot of times it’s on a whim, really wanting a pet, and then i can see pets coming back from that, but we were just lucky it didn’t happen. ‘is not produced, ”said Meghan Austin, Co-Director. from the refuge.

If you get to know a new furry friend this holiday season, PAWS encourages you to call them for any help you may need.

Visit to find out more.

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