Shelters send out abandoned pets SOS

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ANIMALS that are groomed, well-adjusted and sociable have a better chance of finding a forever home.

THE numbers of abandoned cats and dogs all over the Costa Blanca is causing chaos in animal shelters. In Alcoy, there are far too many animals sharing cages and the shelter is beyond the brink of saturation.
The situation is exacerbated by the constant arrival of unwanted puppies and kittens despite the SPCA’s ongoing campaign to have animals spayed and neutered.
SPCA President Gonzalo Gisbert explained: “In 2009, Alcoy’s shelter had a total of 66 inputs and 81 outputs of dogs. Now, there are far more animals coming into the shelter and hardly any going out and space is at crisis point. The crowded conditions cause not only distress for the animals but also a financial crisis with outgoings far outweighing income.”
Volunteers to help care for the dogs and cats in the shelter are crucial, to help interact with the animals, taking them for walks and giving them a play time each day, as an animal that is socialised, groomed and well-adjusted has a far greater chance of finding a home.

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