AN animal rescue organisation has called on communities to check in on elderly people with pets after four animals were surrendered to their charity after their owners passed away over Christmas.
West Cork Animal Welfare Group were in one case called by neighbours, and in another by a grieving partner, to take in animals that now have no home to go to.
In one sad incident, there were two animals that were now homeless and need to be homed together.
In the third case, the Gardaí called the animal charity for their assistance in looking after a scared and aggressive pomeranian dog which had just lost its elderly owner. The dog was in a poor condition, tied to a leash with a filthy matted coat, so caked in faeces he was unable to go to the toilet.
The dog was so neglected, at first, the animal charity could not tell if it was a male or female animal. WCAWG Fundraiser Tory Joyce said it was not until they found the dog’s weakness for cooked chicken that they managed to keep him still enough to shave his bottom.
Tory called on neighbours and relatives to call in on older friends and family with pets and offer help in taking care of the animal.
“It could be something as simple as buying a bag of dog food that an older person might have trouble carrying or taking the dog for a walk.”
He said WCAWG had one of their busiest Christmas periods ever, taking in over 12 dogs, including seven pups and five kittens.
“It has been relentless. The kittens just keep on coming and we had a mild winter so kittens are still being found.”
Tory said the golden rule when people find a feral or semi-feral cat is ‘trap, neuter, release.’
For more information on WCAWG or to donate log onto their Facebook page at West Cork Animal Welfare Group Ltd.