DSPCA urges people not to abandon their older pets 5 months ago

DSPCA urges people not to abandon their older pets

The charity have said that the continued surrender of older dogs is "heart-breaking".

The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has urged the public not to abandon their older pets in a new campaign.

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The animal welfare charity shared a video to their social media channels which features older animals that the DSPCA are caring for after they were surrendered by their former owners.

Giving a voice to these pets, the DSPCA writes: "I'd go home with you in a heart beat because you are my whole world. There are people around me who I don't know. I'm scared and I'm frightened. I was yours for so many years and I tried to be good every day.

"All I wanted was for you to love me and to be kind to me and now I'm here. Why don't I matter to you anymore?"

The campaign, which is titled The Old, The Forgotten, sheds a light on the number of dogs and cats who end up spending their later years in the care of the shelter.

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The Old, The Forgotten 😞

I don’t know what I did wrong or why I am here. If you came back for me I’d go home with you in a heart beat because you are my whole world.

There are people around me who I don’t know. I’m scared and I’m frightened. I was yours for so many years and I tried to be good everyday. All I wanted was for you to love me and to be kind to me and now I’m here. Why don’t I matter to you anymore.

“The Old, The Forgotten” because they will always matter to us 💔 https://www.dspca.ie/donation

This last year we have seen so many older pets ending up in our shelter. Surrendered, abandoned, replaced with a younger puppy, neglected and found in awful conditions. It’s incredibly heartbreaking for us to see as we know just how much pets love their owners and how much their world has been turned upside down through no fault of their own.

This Christmas we are asking you to help us and donate to our Christmas Appeal, “The Old, The Forgotten” because they will always matter to us 💔 https://www.dspca.ie/donation

Posted by DSPCA on Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The DSPCA continues: "This last year we have seen so many older pets ending up in our shelter. Surrendered, abandoned, replaced with a younger puppy, neglected and found in awful conditions."

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They went on: "It's incredibly heartbreaking for us to see as we know just how much pets love their owners and how much their world has been turned upside down through no fault of their own."

The animal welfare charity then pointed to their Christmas appeal, and asked the public for help in supporting it.

According to their website, the DSPCA "rescue, rehabilitate and rehome sick, injured and cruelly treated animals".

Just last week, the charity assisted the Gardaí in seizing over 30 puppies and dogs that were being kept in "horrendous conditions" at a property in Dublin's Citywest.

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