Don’t let your Christmas go to dogs

For many the holiday season is a time for bringing the family together to feast and celebrate, however, it can be a traumatic and potentially dangerous time for beloved pets.

Kempsey Shire Council and charity animal rescue group the Friends of Kempsey Pound are jointly asking the shire’s animal lovers to take a few steps to help your pet have a healthy and happy Christmas.

Marion Crowley, the founder of Friends of Kempsey Pound, said the holidays were a dangerous time for pets but could also be great opportunity to bring animals and people together.

“Our dogs and cats can be great ways to bring people together if done sensibly, if you’re travelling and can’t find someone to look after your pet, it might be a great time to knock on a neighbour’s door,” said Marion.

“In the years of running Friends of Kempsey Pound I’ve learned that so many people in our community would love to help an animal if they just knew how.”

Council’s Ranger Team Leader, Shaun Tomaszewski, said Christmas was always a busy time for the pound, with too many unwanted animals abandoned at the door.

“We love animals, and we are here to help with lost, found and unwanted pets, but Christmas causes additional complications,” said Mr Tomaszewski.

“Unfortunately, not every pet is a perfect match for their home and the pound is the best place for us to help, however, the pound is not staffed full time and we need anyone with an animal they need to take to the pound to make an appointment through Council’s Customer Service.

“Over Christmas, Council has a short shutdown and rangers are only available for emergency animal services. In the past, we have had people leave cats and dogs at the front gate, which can do more harm to the animal than good. If you need to rehouse an animal in those few days please reach out to family, friends or neighbours until Council reopens.”

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