During the New Year weekend our North Melbourne shelter admitted 134 dogs with a further 49 dogs received at our Cranbourne shelter.
This number is down from the 240 dogs entering the Home during the same period in 2015.
As of January 3, 88 dogs from North Melbourne and 42 dogs from Cranbourne had been reunited with their owners.
General Manager of Veterinary Services, Dr Alan Bolton said pet owners planning to keep their anxious animals calm during New Year’s celebrations helped contribute to the nearly 25 per cent decrease in the number of admissions over the New Year period.
“New Year’s Day is the busiest day of the year from the Home with a spike in the number of incoming animals arriving at the Home.
“Many of these animals are anxious dogs spooked by scheduled and illegal backyard fireworks displays.
“This year it seems that pet owners have taken steps to help their dogs and cats keep calm during firework displays, which has helped in the reduction of lost dogs at both our North Melbourne and Campaspe shelters,” said Dr Bolton.
With dogs still waiting to be reunited with their owners, pet owners are being urged to continue contacting council offices and animal shelters in their search for lost pets.
“Pet owners should consider looking further than their local shelter or pound; pets can wander or may have been picked up outside of your local council area.
“We still have a few dogs in our care and we want to see them happily reunited with their owners as soon as possible.”
The Home also calling on pet owners put plans in place over the coming weeks to help their pets remain calm during upcoming Australia Day and Chinese New Year firework displays.
“Planning ahead is one of the most important things pet owners can do to help their dog or cat keep calm during fireworks displays.
“If they haven’t done so already, pet owners should to talk to their vet about ways they can help their pets manage their anxiety during scheduled and illegal backyard firework displays on Australia Day and Chinese New Year,” said Dr Bolton.
For more information about helping your pet during fireworks and thunderstorms click here.