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As more pets are handed over to Toronto shelters as they return to work, costs rise

As people return to work and wrestle with COVID-19 restrictions over the years,petsbecomeTorontoshelters. The number of deliveries has skyrocketed. With rising costs.

Sue Shearstone, Shelter Operations Manager at Toronto Animal Services, says the number of animals coming to the shelter has increased by 60% in the last six months.

"We have people who can't get pets and take care of them through a pandemic," Shearstone said.

"They may have had to go back to work, or they may have a dog that hasn't studied the breed and doesn't understand the requirements of that individual dog. Maybe, so there are a lot of big dogs (with anxiety) who are 2-4 years old and are not well trained, probably (with anxiety). "

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Shearstone said inflationary pressure was also a factor.

She said the Toronto Animal Services continue to work with their owners to keep their pets home.

"We have tried to overcome the pandemic and help people," she said, pointing out that there was a program to provide food and resources to owners.

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"If people have pets, they need to consider their costs, but If they are having a hard time, please contact us. We will make sure to provide as much resources as possible. "

The City of Toronto has a pop-up event with microchips, vaccines and free of charge. There is also amobile truckthat offers pet food.

Shearstone said there is now a waiting list for surrendering pets and that animal services work with the general public to control intake.

"Please take the time to find a new homeowner, but if you are unsuccessful, be sure to work with them to help and bring the animals." Said.

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"But we're trying to make it manageable, not overwhelming. And we can take them home sooner. "

According to Sherstone, Toronto Animal Services is also generally helping to find new homes for animals. It is said that they are asking the people of.

She encouraged potential owners to investigate what they needed to do when keeping a pet — from food, veterinary to exercise levels.

Shearstone also urged people to consider a foster parent program for Toronto Animal Services. In this program, you can see an individual take a pet out of a shelter for a period of time.

She said that after a short foster parent program, individuals may fall in love with animals and keep them as pets.

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