Centres too full to offer places for unwanted dogs

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SHEFFIELD’S dog pounds are so full the council is being forced to take unwanted pets to other towns and cities.

Rescue centres around the city are so full the council is turning to organisations such as Barnsley and District Animal Welfare to help out.

BADAW’s Ann Taylor said in the past few weeks her organisation has taken 25 dogs from the Sheffield pound.

She said: “Sometimes their owner has been evicted, sometimes they go on holiday but won’t pay kennelling fees. Some get themselves a puppy but the novelty has worn off.

“This year, the school holidays have been particularly bad, the Sheffield pound has been overflowing with all breeds, young and old. Many are bewildered and frightened being in a strange environment.

“Once the pounds fill up, kennel space has to be found for new arrivals but, unfortunately, dog rescue charities can’t take them all.

“Barnsley and District Animal Welfare takes as many as possible from the Sheffield pound but funds are limited and BADAW is only a small organisation.”

Each dog is given a full check by a vet when they are taken to BADAW. They are then vaccinated, microchipped and are either neutered or rehomed with a neutering voucher.

Ann added: “People think that by taking on a rescue dog, they are taking on one with problems but this is not usually the case.

“We urge people to visit the pound to give a dog a second chance of finding a new forever home.”

Enzo the Mastiff crossbreed has been with BADAW since April and is their longest stayer. He is around 18 months old, calm and laid back, greets everyone with a tail wag and loves to be fussed.

n Log on to badaw.org for details on how to adopt a dog.