Dumped pets suffer holiday madness
By EMMA CORNFORD
IT seems some families in the Clarence Valley don't want their pets around for the festive season.
Clarence Valley Council ranger at Grafton Pound Dave Drewett said the commonly held belief of a rush of animals being given to pounds after the Christmas season was not quite accurate.
"We don't usually get a real lot of dogs after Christmas ... we actually get them beforehand," Mr Drewett said.
"A lot of times people tend to get rid of their dogs around Christmas time because they're going away on holidays and some people just think having their dog is a bit of a hassle so they give him to the pound."
Although most families in the Clarence Valley seem to realise how important choosing the right pet is, Mr Drewett said having a pet dog or cat was a large commitment.
"Most dogs you're looking at are a 12-year commitment so doing research is important," he said.
"People really have to have a good honest look at their situation ? how much exercise they'll be able to do with the dog and that kind of thing ... and be mindful of the fact that different breeds will need different levels of activity."
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) also recommends care.