Sadly, the years are similar at the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals in Arlon… The number of abandoned animals continues to increase and on the other hand the number of adoptions has been at an all-time low. Every year in Wallonia, almost 10,000 dogs are taken care of after being abandoned.
The situation isn’t new, but it’s still as challenging as ever. In fact, the Arlon-based Royal Society for the Protection of Animals continues to count the number of abandoned animals on its premises. A few years ago, two big moments of high devotion emerged. However, in 2022, to the great sadness of all the volunteers who take the time to take care of our four-legged friends, the number of abandonments is constant.
In April, the SRPA can accommodate no fewer than 25 dogs. No wonder all the seats are taken. “It’s a very complicated logistical aspect because we have to reject some of the animals while finding space. Some people sometimes forget, but dogs have many feelings and sanctuary can come as a shock…” says Marc Istat, manager of the Arlon SRPA for 3 years.
We can’t empty it…
In addition, it is very difficult for the SRPA to vacate its premises. “Often times we are happy at the end of the day when we see that multiple adoptions have taken place and our friends are entitled to a second chance. The next day we arrive at our compound and we are called to many Forsaken… we cannot clear our minds“ Marc continues with a certain emotion when we know that animals give us back a hundred times what we give them.
A big call to raise awareness
As Marc Istat reminds us, it is very easy for anyone to adopt an animal within the SRPA. However, many people don’t take the time to consider whether they have the time, energy, patience, or even the logistics to care for an animal…”In most cases we pick up dogs younger than one year. In fact, the masters didn’t take the time to properly train him when it was necessary. So they prefer to part with it without even taking the time to get to know the animal.” If you decide to adopt one, don’t hesitate to take the time you need to find out if you are capable of making this animal that’s waiting happy!
Before you go to the pet store, think about adoption! ” Every dog or cat has the right to a second chance. The first step should be adoption. A dog from an animal shelter pays off a hundredfold. It is such a joy to be able to save an animal “.
The SRPA also appeals to your kindness. Indeed, this ASBL is constantly looking for various donations that can allow the sustainability of the activities. This year, and more so than in other years, they are trying to find farms that can take cats who, because of their nature, cannot be put up for adoption, but who also cannot release them into the wild, as well as foster families who are pre-dating Adoption care kittens. Do not hesitate to contact them via email at [email protected]