Saturday, December 03, 2022

Animal shelter full of misbehaving corona dogs

Swiss animal shelters are bursting at the seams because of coronavirus dogs – especially since the summer holidays. The animals are often not socialized and tend to be aggressive.


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  • During the Corona epidemic, many Swiss people bought a dog.
  • Before and during the summer holidays, many of them again ended up in animal shelters.
  • Dogs are often not socialized or trained – and sometimes even aggressive.

Animal shelters were already overrun when the Home Office ended in the spring: People realized they had absolutely no time for the dogs they bought during the pandemic. After the summer vacations, the situation has become even worse.

“Everything is so full of us, we can no longer accept dogs,” says Tamara Jung from animal protection association Beale-Sealand BE to

Just before the holidays, there were quite a few inquiries – up to five calls a day. Jung says, “This was the first holiday after Corona when you could actually travel again.

“Badly Thoughtful Purchase”

“Currently we are still receiving two calls from people who wish to hand over the dogs,” Astrid Baker reports on the request. The president of Argauer Tierschutzverein explains: “The dogs were mostly born in 2019 or 2020. These were clearly not well-thought-out purchases during the pandemic.”

Because: “Many people only see a cute little animal and underestimate the effort.” Not only are dogs increasingly being turned away – there has been a big increase in cats as well. In addition, according to Baker, rabbits and tortoises were increasingly released in the summer.

Pandemic pets ‘not social’

In addition to the large number of new arrivals, there’s another problem with dogs at shelters: “Poor animals are often not socialized,” Baker says.

On the one hand, all dog schools were closed due to the corona epidemic. On the other hand, in his eyes, people did not pay enough attention to the animal. Meaning: The labor for the houses increases because the animals are not able to do the basic work.

Many difficult dogs are also brought to Beale. But here’s another reason skeptical: “The problem is clearly foreign organizations taking the dogs on the street somewhere and bringing them to Switzerland.” People often underestimate the experience of these animals.

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“The dogs had to hunt or defend their territory – and then they just bite a cat,” explains Jung. Problem: Unlike professional breeders, these organizations do not take back animals if the owner is overwhelmed.

Zurich animal shelters are also operating at capacity. Something similar to what animal defender Athina Lohrer Becker from the Strubelli animal shelter in Volketswil ZH reports in the newspaper “Tegesenziger”: “The dogs are not well socialized – neither with people nor with their own kind. ” The owners are now overwhelmed and bring the dogs to the animal shelter.

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